Jean-Jacques Subrenat

A former French ambassador. Does volunteer work on global issues, public policies, international affairs, ethics, Internet governance.

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  1. The first six months of France’s ‘Jupiterian’ President Macron Added links: France/NATO, fiscal policy, territorial reform.
  2. The first six months of France’s ‘Jupiterian’ President Macron global financial crisis 2008 instrumental in depression which followed.
  3. Surprise visit by President Macron to Saudi Arabia Small improvements (logic, style).
  4. The first six months of France’s ‘Jupiterian’ President Macron Again about the cabinet.
  5. The first six months of France’s ‘Jupiterian’ President Macron Corrected formation of cabinet.
  6. Surprise visit by President Macron to Saudi Arabia Small corrections. More links will be added later.
  7. Surprise visit by President Macron to Saudi Arabia new piece.
  8. Macron heads to Riyadh, Syria declares victory over ISIS Added 1 word:''...claims BY Lebanon that...''
  9. Could Brexit be reversed? A view from across the Channel added ''further steps towards'' European defence and security.
  10. Spain’s Catalonia crisis: parallels across EU Community comment heeded, ''come what may'' and ''crashing out'' replaced by neutral expressions.
  11. The first six months of France’s ‘Jupiterian’ President Macron Proposing ''wielding dignified authority'', as suggested in his interviews.
  12. Global Affairs Moved piece on Macron from ''Stories in draft'' to ''Existing stories - Europe''.
  13. The first six months of France’s ‘Jupiterian’ President Macron Added links:1 to primary source; 1 to Guardian article on Macron as 'Jupiter'.
  14. The first six months of France’s ‘Jupiterian’ President Macron Previous headline chosen by Editor restored, new one too long.
  15. Spain’s Catalonia crisis: parallels across EU New Caledonia updated + link.
  16. The first six months of President Macron Punctuation.
  17. The first six months of President Macron Small edits (consistency in wording, style). 1 link added.
  18. European Union is more than a trade deal, it’s a set of ideals Removed 1 word (the).
  19. Could Brexit be reversed? A view from across the Channel Punctuation.
  20. Global Affairs Added categories (proliferation; Internet) & related stories.
  21. The first six months of President Macron Editorial suggestions all implemented. Links added.
  22. French President Macron, the first six months Added 3 highlights.

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  1. Jean-Jacques, I wonder if you have any interest in stepping in to the Catalonia story — either in adding perspective to the running story — or perhaps a relatively short ANALYSIS on the implications for the rest of Europe. Is it going to ignite other separatist pressures in Europe and what is the impact on the EU and the Commission. Perhaps? I am using TALK deliberately. Regards. Peter

    1. Peter, sorry I only saw this now. Yes, I’d be glad to do a short analysis on the implications for the rest of the EU. Your timeline? Regards, Jean-Jacques.

      1. Peter, I’ve started a piece ”Analysis: Catalonia, the wider implications”.
        Regards, Jean-Jacques.

        1. Jean-Jacques, thank you. May I encourage you to make it quite “tight” and focused. Even to the point of using bullet points to spell out what the specific implications are. It is very interesting to me the way Rajoy has chosen to play this and it seems to me the EU partners are doing their best to stay out of it right now. My colleague George Engels is on top of the overall news coverage of this. Thank you. Peter

          1. Peter & George, I’ve finished the text. As requested, I’ve been specific about possible consequences: Belgium, France, UK. But to keep this piece short, I’ve chosen to leave out the implications for Catalonia and Spain, as these are dealt with extensively in the media. Thanks. Jean-Jacques.

            1. George, thank you for the improvements. I’d like to add further comments. 1) The title, as it now reads, is not entirely accurate. ”Catalonia’s independence crisis” suggests that independence is problematic for the inhabitants of that region, whereas the crisis is in fact between the Catalonian representation in Barcelona and the central government in Madrid. ”The implications of Catalonia’s independence crisis for the EU” suggests that the crisis could in some way impact the EU as an institution, which would not be the case. The impact would be on some member states. Something like ”The Catalonian crisis: implications for EU members” would better reflect the content of the article. 2) I think we could include the cases mentioned by Piotr: Italy (Lega Nord), Spain (Basque country), but not Germany (Bavaria) as the latter is far from crisis level.

              1. Hi Jean-Jacques, I think both your suggestions are spot on. How about: “Spain’s constitutional crisis: impacts on EU countries”? Are you happy to add a few paragraphs on Italy and the Basque country?

                1. Hello George, thanks for the changes. Yes, I’ll add something about the Italian and the other Spanish case.
                  By the way, it’s only this morning that I saw your message asking about French and Italian interests in Libya: I’ll look at that more closely tomorrow.

                  1. Thanks so much JJS. With help like you’re giving this project might work. Thank you, Peter

  2. Hi Mr Subrenat. I’m researching a story about whether French and Italian foreign policies could clash over Libya, and was wondering if you knew any French diplomats with relevant knowledge about the matter, and if so, if you could please put me in touch? Your help would be hugely appreciated. Thanks, George

    1. Hello George, I can recommend Pascal Boniface, founder and director of IRIS, the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs, http://www.iris-france.org/experts/pascal-boniface/ .
      Email: [email protected] .

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