It will not take 25 years before Tony Blair is recognized as the most imaginative and effective European political leader of his time. In the 10 years of his tenure, he has modernized the British Labour Party, gotten rid of its old Marxist obsessions and forged a third way to reform our complex societies torn between the welfare state and the requirements of globalization.
May 14, 2007 9:13 AM
April 23, 2007 1:06 PM
The French want change, and it is change that they fear. But they are no fools. They know the country needs reforms to cure its high unemployment, its slow growth and its overly-expensive welfare system. Their choice between Sarkozy and Royal will be over style rather than substance.
January 4, 2007 7:51 AM
Paris, France - Our political leaders will come to their senses, understand history, and have unparelled vision.
November 20, 2006 4:38 AM
Paris, France - The reasons for Segolene Royal's triumph in the Socialist party primaries in France are more revealing culturally than they are politically.
November 13, 2006 6:00 AM
Paris, France - There is no way for the U.S. to withdraw from Iraq now. The occupation may have been handled in a deplorably, but that's no reason to mess up the next phase. The administration and the Democratic Congress should agree on a timetable for progressive withdrawal. This must be discussed with the Iraqi authorities.
November 6, 2006 8:06 AM
Paris, France - As a matter of utmost urgency, Congress has to pressure the Bush administration into resolving the Israel-Palestinian blood-ripping impasse. The key is a global approach to all Middle East issues, including Iraq, Iran and Syria.
October 28, 2006 5:59 AM
Paris, France - In our societies, there is no reason to deprive homosexuals of the legal and financial rights which we are all entitled to. France has set up a system called PACS which guarantees such rights whilst avoiding the connotations of "marriage". It is an official contract coupled with a civil ceremony at City Hall. In a country like the U.S. so much more impregnated with religion, it is easy -- and quite despicable -- to see what political mileage can be drawn from homosexual marriage issue, which seems to surface at every election.
September 29, 2006 12:25 PM
Paris, France - The UN is a weak and troubled organization so it's better to get an experienced insider for Secretary General than someone who'll have to waste time learning the ropes.
September 22, 2006 7:10 AM
Paris France - Urgent: Western countries have to prove they are not merely gesticulating on Darfur.
August 7, 2006 7:00 AM
Paris, France - Whatever the outcome of this war, Hezbollah will be seen as the only Arab force able to win over Tsahal. Its hold over Lebanon will give Iran and the Shias more leverage than ever, weakening the neighbouring regimes, strengthening Iran's capacity to be the sole Muslim superpower and enhancing its nuclear ambitions. Lebanon will suffer from more internal conflicts and will be an easy prey to even tighter Syrian-Iranian control.