To govern, Macron will need more than a victory on Sunday

On Sunday, French voters will decide who will be their next president in the second – and final – round of a critical election. The two candidates – both fringe in French politics – are pro-business, centrist Emmanuel Macron and anti-immigrant, far-right Marine Le Pen. Cornell University experts comment on this race and how the […]

April surprise: Is Le Pen really Hillary?

Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Culture, Security and Populism in the New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” Berezin says comparisons between French populist candidate Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump – already fraught ­– may end this weekend, when Le Pen faces the […]

Dutch election not bellwether for populist rise in Europe

Preliminary exit poll results in the Netherlands suggest that Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Party for Freedom performed below expectations gaining only 19 of the 150 seats in the Dutch parliament. Mabel Berezin, professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and “Europe […]

Marine Le Pen is gone, but only until next time

Regional elections in France ended with the defeat in the second round of voting of the National Front – a right-wing, anti-European party that has recently gathered supporters for its nationalistic and anti-migrants stances. Mabel Berezin, a sociologist at Cornell University, author and expert on France and European politics says it would be a mistake to […]

Marine Le Pen on upward trajectory in French regional elections

On Sunday Dec. 6, France will vote to elect presidents of its thirteen regions. Since the early fall, opinion polls have indicated that – for the first time – the right-wing anti-immigrant party National Front is likely to win in two regions. Mabel Berezin, sociologist at Cornell University, author and expert on France and European politics says […]

Obama, Hollande White House handshake could reshape French politics

U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande will meet at the White House on Tuesday to discuss counterterrorism efforts and ways to fight ISIS. Mabel Berezin, professor of sociology at Cornell University, is an expert on France and European politics and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in […]

After Paris attacks, two opposing strategies seen as the way forward

Barry Strauss, an expert on global history, government and conflict, and chair of the department of history at Cornell University, says in the days ahead, the world will react to the Paris attacks with measured responses. However, further attacks by ISIS, may force leaders into all-out war. Bio: http://history.arts.cornell.edu/faculty-department-strauss.php   Strauss says:    “The Paris attacks […]

Marine Le Pen will be the next President if French politicians continue to ignore the disaffected and unemployed

Mabel Berezin, professor of sociology at Cornell University, is an expert in European politics and the author of the book, Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security and Populism in a New Europe. She warns that unless French politicians shake themselves loose from their collective denial and start addressing the concerns of the disaffected and […]