Can this new beginning sustain?

Dhaka,  Mon,  25 September 2017
Published : 20 Jun 2017, 21:17:21

Can this new beginning sustain?

Mahmudur Rahman
A postman, a nurse and nearly half of the En Marche members elected to parliament are the type of political novices that the French have chosen in a resounding push towards change. It's the second affirmation that they are so disillusioned with traditional politics that they're willing to place their trust in the hereto unknown Emmanuel Macron to fix all that was promised and reneged on. 

The dapper 39-year old's party is only a year old but has caught his countrymen's imagination for his matter-of-fact approach to the woes that have bedevilled the land of art, history and wine. The manifesto that outdid the frenzied far-right campaign of Marie La Pen, is a sensible middle-of-the-road charter that dipped liberally into left, centre and right interests promises continuity in the European Union (EU), major reforms to labour laws and creation of jobs. His refrain has struck a chord in that, deep inside, the French realise massive mistakes of the past are responsible for the economic and social mess and that firmness is the only way forward. 

Mr. Macron now has an absolute majority to push through his agenda, that includes taking on the small but powerful unions that are likely to oppose all that he intends to do with labour laws.

From the time of Nicolas Sarcozeto Francois Allonde the message was that the French have to get used to longer employment before enjoying pensions, longer working hours and higher productivity as well as greater freedoms for companies to hire and fire; suggestive of greater risk of losing jobs. Neither of the two were able to do what it takes to implement the agenda. Macron quickly cobbled parliamentary majority of  truly representative France, giving him a valuable asset. He has MPs that are closer to reality and people's hearts than previously. 

Listening to the voxpopuli allows for greater insight into solutions that are down to earth. A cabinet that is the opposite of  a party biased one, that includes a wide range of opinions suggest that he is serious in changing the way politics runs. His conciliatory rather than adversarial approach has fast made him the symbol of what could save Europe, ahead of even the redoubtable Angela Merkel. One of his first overtures has been to suggest that Britain is welcome back in to the EU fold. That's quite a contrast considering that Charles D'Gaulle had been vocal in his opposition to the UK joining the EU. 

In one sentence, he has put embattled British Prime Minister, Theresa May into waters that are further troubled. As it is, a year after the British voters opted to leave the EU, Ms. May hasn't really laid out the broad details of the divorce or how the extremely complex raft of laws and regulations that inevitably trip up against each other's will be sorted out. 

And as one by one cold realities emerge from under the exuberance of euphoria, Mr. Macron's overture may well sound tempting. Another one, decrying the influence of Germany in redefining the direction of Euro zone brought forth a sober reprimand from the German Finance Minister, though Mr. Macron has brushed it off.

Till now Mr. Macron has shown a willingness in recreating the country-state approach to the economy with the EU policies fitting in to expanding the results. His country has gone along with one of UK's  fears, a European defence system that spanks of a confederation, led by Germany. How he addresses the balance is something to be seen because the Third alternative his countrymen have opted for, is exciting, full of hope and demands a lot from his leadership.
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