Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Interview in Tablet

Tablet, a magazine devoted to contemporary Jewish life, features an excellent blog called The Scroll (full disclosure: the blogger, Marc Tracy, is a second cousin of mine). Today, Marc interviews me on the subject of Marine Le Pen and the implications of her ascendancy for Jews in France and elsewhere.

"Yes We Kahn!"

Watch the first few minutes of this pro-DSK propaganda video if nothing else for the priceless IMF Annual Soccer Competition T-shirt, which features the slogan "Yes we Kahn!" on the back. No doubt this will be revived for the DSK presidential campaign (which looks like an increasingly sure bet).

Extraits du documentaire “Un an avec DSK” from Iker Zabalzagarai & Vianney Cier on Vimeo.

DSK "On Trial"

Lest you be tempted to think that life will be all "roses" once DSK returns to Paris to claim the PS nomination and begin le roman de la rose, have a look at this account of "the trial of DSK" held yesterday at the Théâtre Dejazet and animated by Daniel Mermet of France Inter, with Philippe Cohen of Marianne as one of the prime ministers. As Bruno Roger-Petit remarks, the opposition to DSK is an amalgam of extreme right, extreme left, anti-globalization, and even anti-Semitic nationalism:

Dans le genre, cela rappelle les attaques contre Blum et sa vaisselle d'or, les saillies de Poujade contre Mendès France et les campagnes de Minute contre Robert Badinter. Soixante-dix ans d'histoire... Oui, vraiment, cela rappelle bien des souvenirs. Il faut dire que Mermet a accueilli le témoin en disant  : "On se demande pourquoi il n'est pas populaire auprès des classes populaires, DSK, avec sa très belle femme, lui qui parle anglais et allemand". "Mermet et ses amis semblent sur ce coup-là plus proches de Radio Paris que de France Inter". 
And of course there is more of the same from Marine Le Pen, who may have banished overt anti-Semitism from the repertoire of her party but who still knows how to evoke the old themes of "cosmopolitanism," divided loyalty, hypersexuality, multilingualism, etc.

UPDATE: Another account here.

The Euro: An Endless Saga

International finance is not everyone's cup of tea, but for those who like to smear their morning toast with the latest bond "spreads," the news from the periphery is not cheery.

See also this post and the cited paper by Kevin O'Rourke.