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2017 French Presidential Election

Emmanuel Macron massively defeats the National Front but still needs to win the legislative elections


  • The 2017 French presidential elections took place on April 23 and May 7, 2017. No candidate won a majority in the first round so a runoff was held between the top two candidates: Emmanuel Macron of En Marche! and Marine Le Pen of the National Front
  • Registered voters: 47.6 million
  • Abstention rate: 25.4%
  • Spoiled and blank votes: 8.5%
  • The Constitutional Council will announce the official election result on May 10. Emmanuel Macron will take office on May 14, and announce his appointees for Prime Minister and governmental ministers
  • Following the presidential election, legislative elections will take place on June 11 and 18. La République En Marche! will present candidates in each of the 577 constituencies. Depending on the new parliamentary majority, the PM and governmental ministers may change.

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Why ageing Europe is gathering momentum and ready for a paradigm shift

Few people celebrate the first wisps of white in their hair. Politicians are likewise reluctant to address the passage of time.

They should, especially in Europe. The Old Continent is ageing. In many corners, its population is shrinking. But although this is part of a decades-long trend, it is barely mentioned by leaders, who try to treat the inevitable as a taboo. This is potentially disastrous: unless Europe tackles its demographic crisis, it could face a perilous future.

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Brexit, an EU-Japan free trade agreement and business

The need to enhance predictability

Brexit, with all its different scenarios, has introduced a major factor of uncertainty for Japanese business. The demand of Shinzō Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister,
towards his UK counterpart to “enhance predictability” has yet to be answered.

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Brexit begins: What this means for business

A full nine months after Britain voted to leave the European Union in its historic referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May has finally triggered the exit talks. On 29 March, Britain’s Permanent Representative to the EU Sir Tim Barrow hand-delivered her six-page letter to European Council President Donald Tusk. It formally invoked Article 50 of the 2009 Treaty of Lisbon, the five paragraphs and 262 words that outline the process for terms of withdrawal from the EU. “I am writing to give effect to the democratic decision of the people of the United Kingdom. I hereby notify the European Council in accordance with Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union,” she wrote, solemnly starting the clock for two years of exit negotiations.

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The Dutch Choice

On 15th March 2017, the Netherlands returns to the polling stations to elect the House of Representatives. This marks the first Cabinet in two decades to complete its official term. Now that the country has overcome the recession, the governing coalition would expect an electoral bonus. However, the Dutch political landscape is fragmented and the formation of a new coalition is likely to be tough, with an estimated four parties needed to get a majority.

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How the EU nudges us to be nicer to animals

The European Union is typically characterised by high politics and complex economics, so animal welfare is unlikely to feature high in the annals of its activity. Yet it has quietly crept up the agenda. Today the EU is a leading driver of rules on the ways animals are kept and treated, reflecting the changing European attitudes to their welfare, and scientific research into animal distress.

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The price of Energy Union

From this summer, Europeans will be able to use their cellphones outside their home member state without fear of racking up huge bills: it is the fruit of a campaign to slash roaming fees that is one of the European Union’s most vaunted success stories of recent years. EU energy ministers would love to present a similar triumph in energy, by cutting consumer bills which remain high. But decades after the first efforts to create a true single energy market, can the EU really bring us cheaper energy?

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