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France’s Awkward Relationship Towards Religion Mirrored In The Burkini-Debate

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

Two French municipalities banned the so called burkini this summer, a full-body swimwear worn by Muslim women for the purpose of following their faith. The fact that this not only made international news but developed into a national conversation shows how inadequately prepared France still is when it comes to dealing with the Muslim faith, especially under the current context. 

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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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