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Macron vs. Le Pen: A New Political Reality for France

Macron vs. Le Pen: A New Political Reality for France

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 24, 2017

Never before in the six-decade history of the Fifth Republic have French voters so thoroughly rejected establishment parties. In this new political reality, only one thing is certain: There are no certainties. A Commentary by Julia Amalia Heyer in Paris more... Comment ]

A Complete Breakdown: Extremists on Left and Right Push France to the Brink

A Complete Breakdown: Extremists on Left and Right Push France to the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 20, 2017

With only a few days to go before the first round of voting, a systemic crisis is dominating the campaign in France. It is no longer inconceivable that a Euroskeptic radical leftist or a far-right populist could become the country's next president. This bodes poorly for the French, but also their neighbors in Europe. By Ullrich Fichtner and Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]


SPIEGEL Interview with Emmanuel Macron: 'I Am Offering the French Renewal'

SPIEGEL Interview with Emmanuel Macron: 'I Am Offering the French Renewal'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2017

In an interview, French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron discusses his surprise political ascent, the desire of many for a new kind of politics and the necessity of widespread reforms in his country. Interview Conducted by Julia Amalia Heyer and Britta Sandberg more... Comment ]

Countdown to the Election: How Emmanuel Macron Upended French Politics

Countdown to the Election: How Emmanuel Macron Upended French Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2017

Emmanuel Macron is the most unconventional French presidential candidate in decades, and if he keeps his momentum, he could keep Marine Le Pen from taking power. His promise to voters: the building of a new France. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]


The Greater Evil: France's Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen

The Greater Evil: France's Bumbling Search for a Candidate to Stop Le Pen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2017

In the race for the French presidency, one candidate after the other has stumbled. Conservative François Fillon's campaign is the latest to come undone after reports of financial irregularities involving his wife. Who will be the one to stand up to Marine Le Pen? By Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Fillon for President: France Returns to Its Conservative Roots

Fillon for President: France Returns to Its Conservative Roots

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 08, 2016

François Fillon has emerged as the center-right candidate for the French presidency. His choice is symptomatic of a country that has never left its conservative, Catholic roots behind. By Ullrich Fichtner and Simone Salden more... Comment ]


Back to the Future: Alain Juppé's Star Is Rising in France

Back to the Future: Alain Juppé's Star Is Rising in France

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 30, 2016

Many see Alain Juppé as boring. But the conservative former French prime minister is still the best liked candidate ahead of next year's presidential elections. He could thwart Nicolas Sarkozy's comeback and send President François Hollande into retirement. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

'What If?': Daily Life in the Face of Terror

'What If?': Daily Life in the Face of Terror

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2016

When fears of terrorism creep into daily life, it changes a person. Once that feeling of security is lost, the improbable suddenly seems possible -- and that's how terrorism works. It depends on people losing sight of those odds. By Ullrich Fichtner in Paris more... Comment ]


Shooting Star: French Economics Minister Macron Means Business

Shooting Star: French Economics Minister Macron Means Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 16, 2016

Emmanuel Macron isn't afraid of telling it like it is -- he has called for reforms and criticized his own government. Many are pegging him as a possible successor to François Hollande. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

Terror Expert Neumann: 'Even Germany Is Doing Too Little'

Terror Expert Neumann: 'Even Germany Is Doing Too Little'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 25, 2016

In an interview following the Brussels attacks, terrorism expert Peter Neumann discusses the growing threat in Europe. Data sharing between police and intelligence agencies must be vastly increased, he argues. Interview By Martin Knobbe more... Comment ]