A former ally takes on Macron

It was a key, decisive moment for Emmanuel Macron when Francois Bayrou teamed up with him during the presidential election campaign in 2017. Bayrou, the eternal bridesmaid in French politics, gave up his own candidacy to back Macron, who was…

The Looming Republican Civil War

Trump vs the embedded GOP leadership, and the old guard will not win.  After watching the impeachment trial in the Senate, we can now go back to being observers in the fight for control of the Republican Party.  Since he left…

Italian political crisis: likely outcomes

1. The reasons we have had the two successive Conte governments is that at no time since the previous general elections, polls have credibly indicated a parliamentary outcome conducive to a “suitable” successor to Mattarella in  a snap election. The post…

Biden’s Biggest Decision

Joe Biden’s new administration faces a murderers’ row of hard decisions on everything from controlling the Southern border to dealing with Iran. But one choice dominates all of them: Does Biden intend to govern from the center-left or to make…