Will German-Franco engine change the EU (again)?

It seems that German-Franco engine will try to move the EU towards a deeper integration after the German elections in areas like fiscal issues, defense, others. Do you agree or do you see some real obstacles to it? Read few comments.

Chancellor Angela Merkel in conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron Credit: http://www.bundeskanzlerin.de

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Libya’s rivals to meet. Any progress?

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj and commander Khalifa Haftar are going to meet this in Paris. Do you think such discussions (if it happened)  might lead to some solution for Libya, what both sides want to gain out of  such talks? Read few comments.

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Elected monarch Emmanuel Macron?

I saw one lighthearted tweet saying France is now a country with single party government under the state of emergency. While clearly lighthearted it also reflects one view on the position of President Emmanuel Macron. Do you find his political hegemony, it seems his party is going to win big, somehow problematic or do you think it is not a problem at all, and why? Read few comments.

French President Emmanuel Macron. Credit,: http://www.elysee.fr

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What can Emmanuel Macron mean for the EU future?

Emmanuel Macron says: I’m a pro-European, I defended constantly during this election the European idea. I do consider that my mandate will be at the same to reform in depth the European Union and our European project. But how (un)realistic is this vision of in depth EU reform, where can he find allies and what might be the biggest obstacles for him? Read few comments.

Emmanuel Macron. Credit: https://en-marche.fr/

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Marine Le Pen and the state of European far-right

There is somehow mixed record of populist far-right parties in the current elections in Europe. Austrian Freedom Party candidate lost presidential elections. Dutch Geert Wilders was hardly satisfied with his result, German AfD, though election will take place only in autumn, is losing in the polls. On the other hand French Marine Le Pen is polling on 40 percent which is quite impressive though she is probably going to lose to Emmanuel Macron. European populist far-right is hardly homogeneous but what next for those movements, do you think we might see some changes in their messages, tactics, direction or they will largely stick to the anti-establishment message? Read few comments.

Marine Le Pen. Credit: http://www.frontnational.com/

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Macron vs Le Pen: How will/should France and the EU react?

We can assume it is going to be a very confrontational campaign – Emmanuel Macron vs Marine Le Pen – before the second round of presidential elections. What do you think both candidate will emphasise, and as Macron is perceived as the pro-EU candidate would you say that EU leaders should openly support him or maybe it would be better if they keep some distance as Le Pen could use it? Read few comments.

Marine Le Pen vs Emmanuel Macron. Credit: https://frenchelection.online

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What does France believe in?

With Emmanuel Macron, Marine Le Pen, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and François Fillon we have a political newcomer in French presidential elections, far-right and far-left candidate and conservative fighting media. Though polling very low the majority of the other candidates represents fringe and extreme ideas. How do you read this, does it show public is really fed up with the politics as usual, and what does it mean for French society and politics? Read few comments.

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