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As Estonia takes the helm, the EU starts to look outwards

The European Union’s rotating presidency is no longer what it used to be. Treaty changes have kept the summits in Brussels and created the permanent EU Council President, the role currently occupied by Donald Tusk. But the switchover every six months is still a staging post, and with Malta handing over the presidency baton to Estonia on July 1, there is a sense that the EU is finally turning a page on one of its grimmest chapters.

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As the world order shifts, Europe raises its defence game

Vice Admiral Peter Hudson has been an Executive Royal Navy Board Member, Head of NATO’s Single Maritime HQ as well as the Senior UK Officer in NATO operational command. He was also Head of EU Forces in the Indian Ocean. He is Burson-Marsteller’s Senior Advisor on defence and security.

In Brussels and other capitals across the European Union, the twin votes of 2016 were the shocks that prompted them to switch gears on defence and security. The British referendum to leave the EU and the election of Donald Trump as US President, they argue, jolted European leaders into action, finally agreeing to do something about their overlapping, underperforming and wasteful defence policies.

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G7 Italy: all eyes on Taormina

The 43rd G7 summit will be held on May 26-27 in Taormina, Sicily. It brings together the Heads of State and Government of the world’s seven most industrialised economies: United States, Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France and Canada. President of the European Council Donald Tusk and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker will be representing the European Union.

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How Europe can make the most of health’s tech revolution

It has become a truism to talk about how information technologies have transformed our world beyond recognition. Like many other evolving sectors, rapid advances are being seen in healthcare, from smarter drugs, wearable devices and connected processes. One of the most exciting revolutions has been the development of digital health, bringing together digital analytics and gene mapping technologies to make treatments more personalised and precise.

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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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