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The Last President of Europe by William Drozdiak

The Last President of Europe: Emmanuel Macron's Race to Revive France and Save the World

William Drozdiak

3.60 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publication date: 28 Apr 2020
ISBN: 9781541742567

A veteran foreign correspondent with unique access to Emmanuel Macron delivers the inside story of his turbulent presidency, designed to fight the rise of populist nationalism and hold the European project together, in the face of daunting opposition in France and abroad.

4 stars out of 5
27 Jun 2020

"an essential guide to the first half of Macron’s term"

Drozdiak’s subtitle, referring to Macron’s mission to save the world, might seem overblown. Yet he shines compared with the men referred to as “the gang of four” by Le Monde editorialist Alain Frachon. The autocratic rulers of the US, China, India and Russia have ushered in a Darwinian international system where might makes right and presidents are the virtual owners of their countries.



4 stars out of 5
13 Jun 2020

"a highly readable, balanced and insightful analysis"

This is a reminder that no matter how bleak things may look, it is always a mistake to underestimate the political dynamics that continue to drive European integration. It is also a reminder that Europe’s fortunes will never depend on the fate of any single politician, not even one as energetic and charismatic as Macron.

3 stars out of 5
15 May 2020

"An admiring account of how Macron recovered his poise after the ‘gilets jaunes’"

It is a coherent and in many ways compelling argument. The question is whether it really needs distilling, since the president frequently and eloquently makes it himself, including in the pages of the Financial Times. The mystery is why Mr Macron’s argument, and French proposals for stronger EU policies and institutions over the past three years, have gained so little traction in Europe.
Could this change with the coronavirus pandemic, which unfolded after the book was written? Mr Macron’s arguments for more solidarity in the eurozone may be gaining ground but are far from the consensus view. An inevitable retreat from global markets could simply become every EU country for itself.