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  1. Hey Jean-Jacques. I was wondering if you’d be interested in covering the National Front conference this weekend? I thought it might be nice to have some French coverage, especially if you wrote in conjunction with JEAN-LUC BECKERT or Dominique Dreyer.

    I’ll Slack you as well. Let me know!

  2. 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

  3. 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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