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Gélie, Philippe


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Le Figaro - France | 24/11/2015

International alliance on shaky ground

Turkey's shooting down of the Russian fighter jet won't make it any easier for French President François Hollande to form an international alliance against the IS, the conservative daily Le Figaro concludes: "Both Turkey and Russia are indispensable to him, but it's hard to imagine worse allies: they are irreconcilable on the fate of Bashar al-Assad and equally ambiguous in the fight against the Islamic State. Their race for hegemony in the Middle East is intensifying in the absence of American leadership. However Ankara knows that Washington is bound by Nato, whose return to the game can only antagonise Russia. … The internationalisation of the Syria conflict offers a fragile opportunity to bring the world together against the IS. Now, however, we are faced with another reality: if it fails, the logic of war could spin out of control."

Le Figaro - France | 13/07/2015

Only trust can hold the continent together

For the EU to have a future at all it must learn from the Greek debt crisis and foster new trust among its members, the conservative daily Le Figaro believes: "New playing rules are necessary, and they must be both more collegial and more binding. It would be wise to anticipate future crises by creating the possibility of an orderly exit from the Eurozone. A political lesson must also be drawn from events: the more Germany and France drift apart, the bigger the rift between their economies grows and with it the danger that Europe could collapse altogether. What really holds Europe together is trust. The example of Greece shows what sort of tremor takes place when it disappears. But that is nothing in comparison with the earthquake we'll face if the trust between France and Germany is lost."

Le Figaro - France | 02/07/2015

Debt conflict reveals German-French rift

In refusing further negotiations before Sunday's referendum the Euro Group has aligned itself with Germany, while France's President François Hollande has argued in favour of a quick compromise. The rift between Berlin and Paris is growing, the conservative daily Le Figaro comments: "The president doesn't want to further alienate the left-wing of his party, which is already very restless. Despite his assurances that the economy is improving, he has shown that he is afraid of an economic shock. And the amount of debt or observance of Europe's rules were never among his priorities. The chancellor, for her part, has been pushed to demonstrate severity by her Social-Democratic coalition partners - who are clearly far removed from their French counterparts. She need have no fear for her economy, and for her Greece is less important than the principles without which the euro would be 'doomed'. The Greek conflict has brought to light a serious Franco-German malfunction."

Le Figaro - France | 12/05/2014

Voter turnout a clear signal to Kiev

The organisers of the referendums in eastern Ukraine speak of an overwhelming turnout of 80 percent. The conservative daily Le Figaro sees this as a clear sign that the voters wanted to punish Kiev for its indifference to the needs of eastern Ukrainians: "The inexorable march toward the division of Ukraine reached a point of no return yesterday. The pro-Russian voters of the Donets Basin sent a message of rejection to Kiev that changes the political equation. Illegal from the point of view of the country's constitution and judged illegitimate by the Western powers, the independent referendums organised in the 'self-proclaimed republics' of Donetsk and Luhansk cannot be reduced to the 'criminal farce' that the Ukrainian government is casting them as. If the population has come out in large numbers, it's as much in response to Moscow's encouragement as it is to Kiev's negligence."

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