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Financial Times - United Kingdom | 02/01/2008

John Thronhill on Asia's positive influence on Europe

The journalist John Thornhill considers how Asian competition can drive the European economy. "For the moment, at least, history appears to be marching to an Asian drumbeat. Europe, which has for so long been happy to do the globalising, now fears it is being globalised against. Or, as Edouard Balladur, the former French prime minister and author of a recent essay, puts it: 'History is beginning to be made without the west. Maybe one day it will be made against the west.' Yet it is Asia's very resurgence that is providing the most intense pressure for further economic restructuring and political integration in Europe. For 50 years, the European project has been driven by an internal imperative: to break down barriers and consolidate peace. But most younger Europeans have ingested prosperity and political stability with their mothers' milk. External forces may now prove far more powerful in binding Europe's nation states."

Financial Times - United Kingdom | 28/12/2006

Marxist ideas revived in Europe

The British journalist John Thornhill notes that fresh attempts are being made in Europe to reanimate the ideas of Karl Marx. "The latest surge of globalisation, which is in so many ways reminiscent of the era in which Marx lived, has undoubtedly led to renewed interest in his critique of capitalism. Across the channel, Marx has never really gone out of fashion - even if Marxist ideas have become an internalised rhetorical reflex among politicians rather than a meaningful programme for action. ... Jacques Attali, the polymath French financier has also been buffing up Marx's reputation as prophet of our globalised times [in a biography of Karl Marx published in 2005]. ... According to Mr Attali, Marx answers question that are only now being asked. It is only in our days that we can see Marx in his true light, unencumbered by his association with the experience of communism."

Financial Times - United Kingdom | 09/11/2006

The National Front's weight in French politics

The journalists Martin Arnold and John Thornhill wonder what the electoral prospects are for the French National Front led by Jean-Marie Le Pen, who made it through to the second round of the 2002 presidential elections. "The issues Le Pen has built his career on - immigration and security - still top the political agenda. Will an anti-establishment backlash again boost Mr Le Pen? Or will it fuel support for a new generation of unconventional mainstream politicians, most notably Nicolas Sarkozy on the right and Ségolène Royal on the left, who are themselves calling for a clean break with the failed policies of the past? ... No one dares write off Mr Le Pen just yet. The National Front leader has crafted a Machiavellian campaign strategy designed to undermine the appeal of both Mr Sarkozy and Ms Royal by painting them as impostors: long-serving members of the political establishment posing as rebellious outsiders promising radical change."

Financial Times - United Kingdom | 29/05/2006

Left-Right ideological divide widens in France

Globalisation is shifting France's "political fault lines", driving the left and right ideologically further apart, European editor John Thornhill writes in an analysis based on the findings of a study by the think-tank Telos and Sciences Po university. "According to Zaki Laidi, the founder of Telos who conducted the study, the centre of gravity in the UMP [Union pour un mouvement populaire] party has shifted markedly towards the 'liberal' right under the leadership of Mr. [Nicolas] Sarkozy, while that of the Socialist party has veered towards the 'anti-liberal' left following the rejection of Europe's constitutional treaty ... Whereas the right has concluded that the French social model does not work and needs to be overhauled, the left thinks that the French social model does not work well enough and needs to be reinforced."

Financial Times - United Kingdom | 28/12/2005

Europe's bumpy year does not deter investors

"This has been a terrible year for Europe. Or has it?" asks John Thornhill, the paper's Paris-based European Editor. "Unemployment (temporarily) climbed through the 5 million barrier in Germany and the 10-percent rate in France. French and Dutch voters rejected the European Union's constitutional treaty (...) Suicide bombers hit London." But "none of this dispirting news, however, stopped Europe's financial markets from roaring ahead in 2005," Thornhill observes. Peter Sutherland, an Irish former European commissioner and current chair of Goldman Sachs International, offers Thornhill a bullish prognosis: "'We are consumed about angst about our future and our past but there is a great future for Europe. It will continmue to be the biggest and the strongest market in the world.'"

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