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?
Last Sunday, April the 16th has marked a turning point in Turkish political history: the referendum for a Presidential system has been won with a popular support of 51%. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the so called "Reis" of Turkey is now in the position to become an absolute leader. While many observe that it has been a marginal victory, there is a sort of awareness that the current political trend will continue in the next future. How the situation would develop?
“The world is now designed by one species, for one species. The flow of rivers, the fall of rain, and the composition of the atmosphere have been reshaped by human hands.” This sentence opens the description that Michael Wang makes of his own exhibition "Extinct in the Wild": a collection of artificial habitats that expose various species of flora and fauna that no longer exist beyond the limits of the man-made environment.
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.