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Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 20/03/2009

The search for alternatives

For the left-leaning daily die tageszeitung the protests in France reflect developments across Europe. "The massive demonstrations and strikes in France must not be viewed solely in terms of the national political folklore. The demands expressed by the French protesters are also echoed elsewhere in Europe, demands for a change in policy and increased social justice. The search for answers to these demands is the major challenge facing political leaders at the national and the European level. But the French and other European unions, especially the huge apparatus of the Confederation of German Trade Unions, are under pressure from their own rank and file. If they don't want to be overrun by their own people they'll have to formulate concrete demands and alternatives and get a move on - right across Europe."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 19/10/2007

Sarkozy is put to the test

Dorothea Hahn doesn't believe Sarkozy's tactics will work: "Five months after Sarkozy took office the first 'crack' has appeared. This crack, however, only affects the private life of the president and his wife, and it had been on the cards for months. There is something obscene about the fact that Sarkozy announced his separation from his wife on the very day he was confronted with the first serious protests against his policies. This is why the news from the Elysée seems more like a strategy for diverting attention from the strikes. The manoeuvre has failed. ... This victory shows that Sarkozy's method doesn't work. He wants to make deep inroads into the social network without negotiating beforehand."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 04/05/2007

A new political era in France?

Dorothea Hahn observes that the 1968 generation in France has never come to power. "Both nominees who will face the music on Sunday were school kids in the spring of 1968. But it's not only their age that marks a turning point. It's also the political values they represent. Both are preparing to throw the inherited values of the old guard overboard. Both Social Democrat Ségolène Royal and the conservative Nicolas Sarkozy stand for the restoration of state, academic and family values and authorities. They speak of the renewal of morality, the reestablishment of parental authority. And in the case of Social Democrat Royal – even the inclusion of the military in re-educating juvenile delinquents. The election campaign of the last months, and Wednesday's debate, mark a departure from the libertarian principles of 1968, which have defined France for decades. They indicate a political movement towards the right. A parting from the eternal youth of May '68."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 08/05/2006

"Pedagogical reduction" in a German-French history book

Dorothea Hahn is disappointed with the first German-French history book intended for use in schools in France and Germany. "The German-French history book examines only great men, great events and great institutions... Anything that doesn't fit in with this scheme is ignored. Even the long military dictatorships in Spain, Portugal and Greece fall victim to this 'pedagogical reduction'. It reminds me of the teleological depiction of history in the GDR, which even used the 16th century Peasants' Revolts to justify a socialist state on German soil. This time all paths lead to the EU. We can only pin our hopes on teachers in France and Germany. It's up to them, and the additional material they provide to candidates for the school-leaving certificate in both Germany and France, to decide whether the book will remain nothing more than an advertising brochure for the EU or become a starting point for critical discussion."

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | 29/03/2006

Europe's social model under strain

Dorothea Hahn says other EU countries should follow France's example: "Brussels and other European capitals should also react to yesterday's protests. There were mass strikes not only in France but also in Great Britain yesterday, and the strikes in Germany's public sector continue. These movements are directed against different aspects of the same coordinated EU policy: the reduction of social and labour rights. It's no coincidence that European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso exhorted the French government to persevere at the EU summit. He has understood the European dimension of what until now have been national social protests."

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