Today the center-right French Republicans have chosen the harder right of the two candidates to offer up to contest Marine Le Pen, if you assume as I do that the chances of the left to make it to a runoff next April are vanishingly small. François Fillon is an earthquake, I think, for socialisty France, in that their center right has chosen its most supply-side, trickle down candidate as their country’s best hope against the Le Pen scourge.
I’d say, with Brexit, Trump and Fillon, we see a trend. Three longish articles for you, first on next weekend’s Italian referendum, in which polls indicate a lurch toward populism.
After that, in March it’s the Netherlands’ turn.
And finally, it may not be too bold a prediction that by next autumn, Angela Merkel’s time may be past. You heard it here first.
The face of the western democracies this time next year is taking shape and I’m not sure how well we’ll get through it.