yelvest18Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 15 December 2018

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Re-search Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

1. The Yellow Vests insurrection over a fuel tax in France have opened Pandora’s box for Emmanuel Macron. The French president’s fortunes have collapsed with jaw-dropping speed. How did we reach this point? Was Macron caught sleeping at the wheel?

Yes, he was. Macron made the classic mistake of an arrogant man overwhelmed by a pseudo-sense of his own invincibility. From the heights of his suspiring election victory—when he was hailed as the White Knight galloping onto the scene to save Europe—he has suddenly found himself and his administration in a frothing sea of deadly trouble. He simply did not catch the gravitational turbulence of the people’s bullet flying in his direction...Read more