Tag Archives: France

Can Macron Redraw the Political Map?

Kemal Derviş and Caroline Conroy

Many commentators have described Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election as a triumph for the center right, because he received votes that otherwise would have gone to the scandal-plagued mainstream conservative candidate, François Fillon.

But this electoral dynamic does not capture the meaning of Macron’s victory. It would be more accurate to say that Macron cut through traditional party divides and stood as a candidate for those who believe that, with proper management and new technologies, European integration and the forces of globalization can deliver widely shared benefits. By contrast, most of Macron’s opponents simply stoked fears about today’s economic realities. Continue reading

Mario Draghi’s Guns of August

By Kemal Derviş

 WASHINGTON, DC – August has been a dangerous month in European history, but this year it could be the turning point for the eurozone – and perhaps for the world economy. On July 26, Mario Draghi, President of the European Central Bank, declared that his institution would do “whatever it takes” to preserve the euro, and added: “Believe me, it will be enough.” Continue reading

Trinidad awarded first prize in international cocoa competition

Trinidad and Tobago was on Wednesday awarded first prize in the category of ‘spicy’ in the  ‘Salut du Chocolat’ in Paris, France.

The country was judged first following the submission of three cocoa samples nominated last month for final recognition at the International Cocoa Awards Edition 2011. Continue reading