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France Wants To Introduce Compulsory Civil Service

This article is a publication for the European Students for Liberty Blog, which regularly publishes liberty-related news stories. You can check out my articles on my blog profile here

The French parliament recently adopted an amendment to an “Equality & Citizenship” bill that will introduce a civic service obligation for thousands of young people between ages 18 to 25. In a time when young people demand more freedom and restrictions on them have been lifted all throughout Europe, this measure proves France’s insufferable obsession with control.

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Forget it, Frexit won’t happen

This article is a publication for the European Students for Liberty Blog, which regularly publishes liberty-related news stories. You can check out my articles on my blog profile here.

After the Brexit vote in the UK there is a lot of speculation concerning the next countries to leave the European Union. France is being repeatedly named in those lists. There are several reasons why that will never happen.

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Juncker’s Tough Talk

As a Luxembourgish citizen who for the first eighteen years of his life has seen one prime minister and one prime minister only, I can tell you that Jean-Claude Juncker’s tough talk isn’t worth the least bit what the media makes it seem. 

Juncker embodies everything that is wrong with politics as it is: a law-student who never practiced the job, becomes a party secretary in a large centre-right party (same ideological family as Angela Merkel), gets taken under the wing of the former prime minister and later commission president Jacques Santer and ends up serving over 30 years in government, of which 18 as prime minister, all together with a party that had been in government (with one interruption of 5 years in the 1970s) since the end of World War II.

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Brexit ass just eng nei Chance fir Groussbritannien

Den DP-Generalsekretär Marc Ruppert huet sech an engem rezente Blogpost mam Sujet Brexit an d’Konsequenzen dovun op europäesch Politik beschäftegt. Et géif no Referendumskultur feelen an d’Europäesch Unioun misst sech elo besënnen an aus Feeler léieren. Wat déi Feeler genau waren ass net erkläert, de Blogpost ass gutt ze vergläiche mat all politesche Statement deen an der leschter Woch vun EU-Offizielle gemaach gouf. Dobäi ass Brexit just fir ee Land eng Chance, an dat ass fir Groussbritannien.

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Neutrale Zigarettenschachteln: Bevormundend und Ungesund

Bis Anfang 2017 müssen Zigarettenschachteln in Frankreich das Format der neutralen Zigarettenschachtel annehmen. Die Regierung will über diesen Weg besonders den Konsum von Teenagern, die “durch die farbigen Schachteln angezogen werden”, reduzieren. Es gibt verschiedene Arten auf diesen Gesetzentschluss zu reagieren, aber die Schlussfolgerung ist immer dass man Raucher wie auch Nicht-Raucher für… naja für was man sie hält könnt ihr selbst entscheiden.

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What France Really Really Needs

This article is a publication for the European Students for Liberty Blog, which regularly publishes liberty-related news stories. You can check out my articles on my blog profile here. The version on the ESFL Blog has been slightly edited.

10 years ago the The Economist created sort of an outrage and quite possibly the only front-page of the magazine that the République will never forget. “What France needs – France is in a similar funk to Britain in the 1970s: a Madame Thatcher could restore its confidence” showed Margaret Thatcher with the French flag as a background. It’s 2016 now and it’s really, really about time.

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