Five runners, five shades of Europe

The French Report

The French elections are crucial for the future of Europe. Two candidates want to leave the European treaties, while the other three, despite different approaches, want to change the European Union. With programs varying from the far-left to the far-right, France’s candidates are offering five visions of Europe.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon: “The Europe of our dreams is dead”


For the candidate of La France insoumise, "Europe, either we change it, either we leave it." According to him, "the EU is currently a single market only and the peoples are subjected to banks and finance's dictatorship." He argues that EU's policies of "economic austerity, free-trade and destruction of public services" do not fit his programme.

He advocates an exit of the European treaties “which oblige us to conduct austerity measures, to abolish the state’s action and public investments under the pretext of a debt that everyone knows won’t be paid in any country”. Instead…

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