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Sulser, Eléonore

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Le Temps - Switzerland | 24/10/2006

Bulgaria's run-off vote

"First Poland and Slovakia and now Bulgaria. It looks as if a big wave is breaking across the countries that have just joined or are about to join the EU. More than ever since the fall of the wall, a considerable proportion of voters in these young democracies is seduced by populist, nationalist and even racist discourse", explains Eleonore Sulser. "Cynically, one might be tempted to interpret this as a simple adaptation to European 'norms'. Countries from Western Europe have had their own demons for a long time. The case of the Bulgarian presidential elections, where an ultra-nationalist has shaken up a traditional political face to face competition, has an obvious precedent, in the first round of the French presidential elections on April 21st, 2002 [in which Jean-Marie Le Pen took a surprise second place]. ... Nonetheless, Europe offers protective padding that can contain such surges of anger. Indeed, voters appear to have waited for the unfolding of the European political umbrella, - that guarantees them, thanks to treaties, that these outbursts will be contained - to treat themselves to the luxury of giving in to populism."

Le Temps - Switzerland | 20/06/2006

Catalonia, a model for European regions?

The daily's Brussels correspondent analyses Europe's ambiguous role as an ally of regions. "Regional autonomy plans are multiplying in Spain, where the current government is striving to bring about a new federalism. ... And the same goes for the states: offered the promise of a reassuring European Union, they can spawn, as in Montenegro's case, new divisions. Under Europe's protective cover, these new entities remain assured that they will not end up isolated or exposed to violent reversals of fortune. ... The paradox is that by encouraging split-ups and relatively harmless freedom aspirations, the European Union also provides a way to moderate the effects of such moves. The new neighbours, born from new break-ups, are often quick to realise in Brussels that they have no better allies than those with whom they sought to part company."

Le Temps - Switzerland | 10/01/2006

Austria sets the tone

"Austria is making modesty the watchword of its EU presidency," writes the daily's Brussels correspondent. "A passing of the European baton from the British to the Austrians and a radical change of tone: just as the former made a great show of their grand European ambitions last July, through the voice of the british prime minister Tony Blair, Wolfgang Schüssel is beginning the year 2006 with more modest objectives: relaunching the Lisbon economic strategy, pursuing enlargement and actively reflecting on the future of the Constitution - these are the main issues. Some of his ministers have, moreover, taken the precaution of warning their European partners to lower their expectations."

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