The many adventurous paths that lead to a European Union: involving politics, society, culture, economics, finance, the military.
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Ideal Duellists Macron and Le Pen to compete in presidential runoff brandishing optimism against fear
The duel that Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen are about to fight over the next 15 days is unprecedented — because it is the first time that none of the two presidential candidates belongs to one of the two traditional political parties of French politics, and because none of the two candidates has ever been elected.
Theresa May’s decision to overrule herself and call a snap election on June 8 took Westminster by surprise, but the move is easy to understand. Going into negotiations with the European Union, May and her cabinet see an opportunity to shore up their flank while the opposition (specifically Labor) remains in disarray. May said as much herself in her announcement: by dissolving Parliament and hopefully expanding the Tory majority now, May wants to avoid fighting an election when talks with Europe reach their diciest points.
An atmosphere of tension descended over Paris after a police officer was shot dead Thursday on Champs Élysées (Isis claimed responsibility) feeding into the uncertainty of the new likely scenarios after this coming Sunday polls — including a runoff between Le Pen and Mélenchon. Who is Jean-Luc Mélenchon?
Europe is a cornucopia of cultural diversity — and so is its populism. Now the results of the Dutch polls on 15 March show that also its political variety can be an asset when immigration and a crisis of the religious and cultural identity top the campaign themes.
When Emmanuel Macron detailed in Paris his program earlier this month, and after the first presidential debate last Thursday, one point became clear: no matter who of the leading candidates wins in the upcoming French election, the political scene in the Héxagone is about to be upset for good. A win of the 39-year-old newcomer would not disarray the EU as would a victory of Marine Le Pen of the Front National, but it would mark in any case a departure from the traditional French political spectrum dynamics.
While forms of radicalisation have been on the rise worldwide, some young Muslims, especially in European prisons, seem to get caught up in religious fundamentalism, and increasingly become entangled in Jihadist ideologies such as that of ISIS. Among other things, the increase of terrorist attacks and populism in Europe have made it more necessary to understand the ideological currents leading to extremism, as well as the political discourse around strategies of preventing radicalisation. This article addresses the following four points: The definition of radicalisation as a phenomenon, the definition of instrumentlisation of religion, religiously framed countermeasures to radicalisation, and the dangers thereof.
Monday February 13, Marine Le Pen, the presidential candidate of the Front Nationale visited the Promenade des Anglais in Nice to pay tribute to the 86 victims of the attack in July 2016. Surrounded by the press under a gray sky, as expected she spoke of a "100% lack of security" due to the presence in France of "people who should not be here", and again, as expected, in Menton she spoke against Schengen: "Without controlling the borders, no one can guarantee the security of the people in a country."
There are only a few days left before the elections of the President of the European Parliament. In the corridors of Brussels therumours about who may be the successor of Schulz are increasing. It seems that the final rush will leave three candidates on stage: Antonio Tajani of the European People Party (EPP) , Gianni Pittella of the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and Guy Verhofstadt of the Democrats and Liberals (ALDE). In general, the political groups presented eight candidates for the EP Presidency.
On Tuesday, 13th December, Macedonia’s opposition group contested their defeat by the country’s ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, which appeared to have won a narrow lead the day before. Tensions between the two sides have begun to reach a dangerous level, experts say, with neither group having won enough votes to form a new government.