Le Monde: “La défiance des Français envers la politique atteint un niveau record” (15/01/13)

http://www.lemonde.fr/politique/article/2013/01/15/la-defiance-des-francais-envers-la-politique-atteint-un-niveau-record_1817084_823448.html .

It is interesting to note, though, that according to this survey, the French public opinion still values the EU more than the French presidential institution, than their Parliament (Assemblée Nationale), and than their Government – it is no surprise that the WTO comes last in the ranking – and that the most valued are the institutions that are closest to the citizens (the municipal council and the regional council come first and second in the ranking, respectively). I’m not sure a similar survey carried out in Spain would yield the same results, given the way in which public funding has been managed by municipalities and regions in Spain, in particular in Valencia … .

France and the seeds of radicalism and authoritarianism: article by Le Monde on “les crispations alarmantes de la société française”

http://www.lemonde.fr/politique/article/2013/01/24/les-crispations-alarmantes-de-la-societe-francaise_1821655_823448.html

So, if to a decline in independent art, and in particular a “banalisation” of mass art such as cinema,are added a high feeling of mistrust for the political authorities; an alarming surge in xenophobic sentiment and in particular anti-Muslim feeling; and a widespread feeling accross all political spectra that “strong authority is needed to put things in order” in France, it seems that we are reaching state of mind that is not foreign to the history of Europe … .

According to an article published by the LSE’s Blog for  European Politics and Policy (EUROPP), the Greek share a similar feeling of mistrust towards their political institutions, which, the authors of the article insist, is hampering the attempts at implementing the reforms necessary for the austerity measures required by the EU and other international organisations.

Europa … quo vadis?