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Is France having a moment? Emmanuel Macron and the politics of disruption

17 September 2018

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Our Director of the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance, Professor Helen Drake, has written a blog on  ‘Is France having a moment? Emmanuel Macron and the politics of disruption’.

On 19 June 2018, at a joint press conference with German chancellor Angela Merkel, French president Emmanuel Macron proclaimed that Europe, the EU and each member states had reached a moment of existential truth: unite or implode.

Europe is facing exceptional challenges, but political leaders routinely deploy the language of crisis to make their points. Crisis and drama sell in a political age of rapid-fire social media and emotional exchange, and the visuals of politics – particularly of summitry – raise expectations of momentous change.

Helen’s blog is separated into three sections: The meaning of Macron (I); the idea of disruption; the meaning of Macron (II).

To read the full blog post by Helen, please click here.


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