France seems to have been kind of a bellweather in recent years though, they were the first Euro country that I remember to go conservative when they elected Sarkozy. At least the first country that anyone cares about.
Yeah but really, voters throughout the Continent are just apparently skipping through parties and ideologies until they elect someone who does something right. I'm not saying that most of the measures that governments are taking are wrong or right, but they're definitely perceived as harmful, so we just keep electing the other guys.
Merkel was elected a good two years before Sarkozy, she started the trend of fiscal conservationism (though Chirac was pretty socially conservative and Blair was no socialist firebrand)
France has an absolutely dreadful electoral system which has resulted in a very dangerous spread of political attitude. I once wrote a paper which was basically just a 5000 word rant about how useless and outdated two-round run-off voting was.
This may be a storm in a teacup, we may actually find that Hollande cant get much of what he wants to do through. But if he does stick to his manifesto, I fear it will be completely unsustainable. I can also see factions of the British labour party (Ed Balls immediately springs to mind) adopting some of his ideas and rhetoric, emboldened by his win.
****, why did Strauss-Khan have to shag that hotel maid?
Yeah but really, voters throughout the Continent are just apparently skipping through parties and ideologies until they elect someone who does something right.
No they dont, they immediately throw their toys out of the pram and start wailing as soon as someone tells them their two hour paid lunchbreaks or whatever may not be financially sustainable when the country has a multibillion dollar deficit and decide to vote for the other guy....
I dont think much of the British public but at least when it comes to voting we are not completely selfish and can look ahead more than six months. But then again, I think as a people we quite like austerity because it gives us something to moan about.
I'd say Hollande is as much as a socialist as Obama. Comparing Hollande and Obama is pretty just anyway, IMHO. Both came to challenge a rather unpopular and rather long-ruling leader, promising change for masses of tired and weary people. Melenchon and Le Pen seemed too radical and Hollande got the chair. I expect that in one years time, his support has decreased, a lot...
Greek elections were just a way for the casual, average greek (who won't bother throwing molotov cocktails at riot cops) to protest against the Troika and IMF. Right-wingers shouldn't be too worried about SYRIZA - their inner-conflicts will most likely stop them from becoming too much of a powerhouse. A year or so ago, the communist party - KKE seemed more likely to become a leader of the leftist anti-austerity, but they managed to lose a lot of votes to SYRIZA thanks to being a bit too friendly with fascists. The latter, in the form of Golden Dawn, will probably have their voices more heard in the parliament, so more that the conservatives won the elections.