Natalie Nougayrède

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From the Iran deal to Unesco, the US president is undermining global cooperation. The fallout could be catastrophic, and Europe will not be immune. Five months ago, Donald Trump’s national security adviser HR McMaster penned a column attempting to persuade the world that “America first” did not mean “America alone”. Last week Trump took two decisions that landed the US in a strikingly lonely position: he pulled his country out of Unesco, and took a massive swipe at the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.feedback
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Oct 17 2017 Iran
Natalie Nougayrède has most recently been quoted in an article called As Germany and Spain prove, history - with all its wounds - is not over. Natalie Nougayrède said, “In Catalonia and the former East Germany, the shadow of 20th-century traumas still falls on EU citizens, and blights the future of Europe. History is back in Europe. The Catalan referendum and the German election illustrate this spectacularly. The scale of the far-right vote in what was once East Germany and Catalonia’s apparent march towards independence may look like they happened on separate planets – to be sure, they are fuelled by different political beliefs – but they both have to do with pent-up frustrations. Citizens who feel that they have been insulted have gone to the ballot box, and in some cases taken to the streets, to protest. In both situations there is a vivid historical backdrop, with memories of Europe’s 20th-century nightmares playing an important role: in Catalonia, the fight against fascism and Franco; in the east of Germany, the experiences of Nazism and Soviet communism.”. Natalie Nougayrède has been quoted a grand total of 25 times in 22 articles.
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May 08 2017 - French election 2017

France’s new president campaigned against narrow nationalism. That’s why his win matters for Europe. It was no coincidence that the music Emmanuel Macron chose to accompany him, as he walked in victory through the Louvre esplanade on Sunday night, was Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, the official anthem of the European Union. This election was, first and foremost, the rebuttal of what could have been – for France, Europe and the west at large – a slide into a new dark age. To say this in no way diminishes the other accomplishments of Macron’s win: the youngest French president in modern history, and a meteoric rise that slickly took advantage of crumbling traditional political structures.feedback

May 04 2017 - Front National

Imitating Trump’s tactics may have backfired for Le Pen, with polls showing Macron coming out on top – but rational debate took a hiding in the process. Marine Le Pen tried to imitate some of Donald Trump’s antics during Wednesday night’s TV debates. She managed to channel his aggressiveness, contempt for facts, provocations, rabid boastfulness and bouts of unleashed absurdity. But, unlike Trump, Le Pen won’t be elected president this Sunday.feedback

Apr 28 2017 - French election 2017

Yes, nationalism is resurgent; but if Emmanuel Macron wins on 7 May, it will show that there is appetite for robust centrism too. Britain should take note. George Orwell once wrote that the British were not sufficiently interested in intellectual matters to be intolerant about them. The French, on the other hand, enjoy nothing less than a high-minded, lofty debate over abstract concepts – or so it is believed. The British ask: “It works in theory, but does it work in practice?” The French ask: “It works in practice, but does it work in theory?” So the joke goes.feedback

Apr 24 2017 - Front National

Leftwingers and ultra-conservatives could yet hand the French presidency to the Front National candidate – by refusing to back Emmanuel Macron on 7 May. Many will have felt a huge sense of relief at the outcome of yesterday’s vote in the French presidential race – I certainly did. But to say the battle has been won against extremism and demagoguery, in this key test for liberal democracy in Europe, would be a daring assumption. Two weeks remain before the 7 May run-off, and that can be a long time in politics.feedback

Apr 22 2017 - Terrorism

France goes to the polls on Sunday in a presidential election shaped by economic insecurity, cultural paranoia and terrorism. Natalie Nougayrède travels to the south-west and tries to make sense of the most important vote of her lifetime.feedback

Apr 12 2017 - Front National

Vladimir Putin has applauded far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen and officials are on alert for campaign meddling. The golden domes of one of Vladimir Putin’s foreign projects, the recently built Russian Holy Trinity cathedral in the heart of Paris, rise up not far from the Elysée palace, the seat of the French presidency.feedback

Apr 08 2017 - Front National

The presidential favourite has chosen a difficult time to recast France as a diverse, inclusive nation. At age 39, Emmanuel Macron is a breath of fresh air in French politics. But can he convince enough voters that he can take France into a 21st century of openness and confident, diverse modernity? With the spectre of Marine Le Pen looming, a lot seems to rest on one young face, just two weeks ahead of a presidential election set to define not just the fate of France’s democracy but also the future of much of Europe.feedback

Apr 01 2017 - Brexit

The EU’s achievements are huge. As Brexit begins, don’t forget that hundreds of millions still want to be part of it. Europeans have never had it so good. This may sound counterintuitive, at the end of a momentous week when Brexit has been formally triggered, marking for the first time ever a shrinking of the European project. Yet because something seems paradoxical doesn’t mean it isn’t true.feedback

Mar 24 2017

Populist nationalists see the union as the enemy of cultural and ethnic belonging. It’s time for those who support Europe to debunk their myths. If one image can sum up the paradoxes that increasingly lie at the heart of the European project, as it celebrates its 60th this weekend, this may be a good one. Last month, hundreds of thousands of Romanians demonstrated against corruption. As night fell, they used the lights on their smartphones to form the national flag. Then, with equal enthusiasm, they used the same lights to form the star-studded blue and gold EU flag. Both flags mattered; both were dear.feedback

Mar 17 2017 - Trump-Merkel

Today’s White House meeting could prove to be the most crucial for transatlantic relations since the end of the Soviet bloc. As close encounters go, this was bound to be a defining one. Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful, values-oriented, refugee-welcoming and Putin-resisting leader, finally met Donald Trump, potential wrecker of the west and liberal democracy.feedback

Mar 08 2017 - Front National

France is a country beset by scandals and security fears – and with the mainstream parties crumbling, anything is possible. Marine Le Pen’s far-right Front National party has never been closer to power. That is not to say she will be elected president in May. When in 1962 Charles de Gaulle introduced direct universal suffrage for the presidential election, he cushioned it with a two-round voting system in which a 50% majority is required in the runoff. Le Pen seems set to pass the first hurdle, but not the second. In that case, the biggest danger lies not so much in her entering the Elysée Palace, but in her party becoming the largest opposition force in the National Assembly after the parliamentary elections in June. But don’t be mistaken, a worst-case scenario is possible.feedback

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