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Jacques Attali

Entries by Jacques Attali

Act Quickly to Save the Euro

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2015 | 11:17 AM

The eurozone today is experiencing the height of a crisis that can be deadly.

It is neither the time nor the place to analyze the innumerable errors made by the Europeans all together that have led us to where we are today. This page would not be sufficient to include...

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Disease of the Century in the West

(3) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 8:58 AM

The West seems to strongly believe that its century is over; that the world was better before, when the West was all-powerful. In this context, instead of responding and seeking to take responsibility through initiatives such as developing its culture, priding itself on its values and ushering them into modernity,...

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Full Employment? Only if We Want It Enough!

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 5:37 AM

When faced with unemployment, everyone is discouraged, we have become so used to being 'sold' on ideas that no one would dare to implement, ignoring the fact that it would be possible to resolve the problem with practical actions and in a socially equitable way, if we really wanted to.

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Is This the France That You Want, Really?

(32) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 12:29 PM

Since many French people today think that the National Front should govern, let us try to understand what would happen if support for France's far-right National Front continues to grow until 2017.

For one thing, at the end of 2015, candidates of the National Front would win hundreds of seats...

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Think differently about the Right and the Left

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 11:26 AM

While political parties, doctrines and party platforms might not want to admit it, there is a certain, albeit slow, shift in the traditional Left-Right cleavage in the practice of governments all over the world: As so often happens, practice precedes doctrine and creates it.
Clearly there is still on...

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The one true big social network

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 8:17 AM

Zero growth and degrowth proponents should consider what has happened to countries that have gone through this process. One of its most harmful effects is the paralysis of social mobility, and making it impossible for a growing number of people, born in disadvantaged areas, to escape fates sealed in advance.

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When America will fall asleep

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 2:36 AM

I have talked about America's relative decline in its power for a long time, and it is fascinating to observe its recent acceleration.
Certainly, we cannot be blinded by the triumphant statistics of the American economy in recent months; be that as it may, where real unemployment is...

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Russia should be our ally

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 5:01 AM

Once again, we may be drawn into an absurd war, against those who should be our allies in other battles that are infinitely more important.
Indeed, it is utterly absurd to be portrayed as the defenders of a Ukrainian government as incoherent as the previous ones, unable to put...

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Think of the World as a Country

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 2:08 PM

The global economy seems perplexing today: While all the traditional economic growth factors are in place (the world's population is increasing, technical progress is huge, available savings are substantial, free trade is greater than ever), growth is slowing globally, save for the United States at this stage. And around the...

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The Urgency for Another Europe

(0) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 11:41 AM

Although we think that EU-Russian relationship, and I share this opinion, should instead follow the attitude France has had with 1945 Germany (i.e. to create an unwavering economic union with the former enemy); although we should realize the irony of a situation in which the United States is acknowledging the...

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What 2015 Will We Choose?

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2014 | 9:06 AM

A priori the coming year is shaping up to be a bad year.

Globally, there are no indications that the existing conflicts (in Ukraine, the Near East, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Sub-Saharan Africa) will stop. In the same way, there are no evidence that there will be less hostage...

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Climate and Growth

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Two objectives are the focus of attention of most governments and media of the developed world: Climate stability and the renewal of growth.

However, what has not yet been fully realized is that these two objectives, as sought after today, are totally contradictory.

First of all because growth (and production...

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Ask for Their Party Platform!

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 9:01 AM

It was impressive to witness the end of the battle for the designation of a party leader and realize that no program was proposed by either he or his rivals. All the same, it is not known what they had in mind for the party they sought to secure the...

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Explosive Encounter

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 9:15 AM

As always, it is in the encounter of two apparently unrelated areas that the new is found. For a long time now I have been announcing the time when two considerable forces, could come together in a new ideology, absolutely explosive. That time is certainly drawing nearer as the most...

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Some Good News, By the Way

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 7:38 AM

As we follow the French political debate, the country seems to be in a desperate situation: A President embroiled in humiliating negotiations with European partners keen to impose additional savings measures or unavoidable reforms. A Prime Minister who is not standing firm against blackmail by a former Senator from the...

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Rational Altruism Against Ebola

(1) Comments | Posted October 21, 2014 | 5:37 AM

It may seem surprising that there has been a deluge of international press coverage of the recent outbreak of Ebolavirus: In fact, this disease where it does occur, unlike many others, starting with cholera, causes many fewer deaths. Its media impact, though, is justified on the basis of its appalling...

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Something Is Going to Happen

(1) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 8:18 AM

One must be in denial, like all too many political leaders have been, not to see that something major is going to happen in Europe in the coming months. Either one of the multiple Damocles swords hanging in the sky of history will fall on our heads:

The various terrorist...

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No longer expect anything from anyone

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 5:39 AM

I had set the date here for October 02 because, at that date, France's 2015 budget was to be disclosed, and the bulk of the proposed reform measures necessary to ensure the country's recovery were to be initiated.

Are we finally on the right track? Can we still hope that...

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The March of Ridicule

(1) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 8:42 AM

Faced with images painted by countless media stories, there are several choices, including admiration, enthusiasm, indifference, consternation, indignation, anger and laughter. The latter choice is all too rare an opportunity to miss.

The recent March of official representatives of many different countries (People's Climate March) on climate change through...

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The Crisis, Alibi of the Weak, Energy of the Strong

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 8:51 AM

When I hear a former President of the French Republic dare say, and have his lieutenants explain away, that only a major economic crisis made it impossible for him to achieve the reforms he was planning, I cannot help but to be very angry.

First, because the rare reform measures...

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