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The populist challenge
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In 2021, millions of Europeans will vote, in times of corona. General, regional or local elections will be held in several EU countries, including Germany, France , Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czeck Republic and The Netherlands. Will the pandemic leave its mark and change their political landscapes? And how about the challenge of holding safe elections within the applicable corona measures?
Giorgia Meloni holds a placard reading "Thank You Italy" after her Brothers of Italy party, triumphed in the parliamentary elections. Photo: Andreas Solaro / AFP
Giorgia Meloni holds a placard reading "... […]

Limits to EU hard-right front around Meloni: analysts

Italian election winner Giorgia Meloni may at first glance have much in common with the ultra-conservative governments in Poland and Hungary, but experts say any alliance could soon run into limits
Lega (League party) leader Matteo Salvini (L) and Giorgia Meloni, co-founder and president of the Fratelli d'Italia (Brothers of Italy, speak at the annual "European House Ambrosetti" forum in Cernobbio, near Como, northern Italy on September 4, 2022. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
Lega (League party) leader Matteo Salvin... […]

Matteo and Giorgia: Italy’s far-right rivals set for power

Matteo Salvini was once the poster boy of Italy's far-right but the popularity of Giorgia Meloni has reduced him to a junior -- and potentially disruptive -- partner in their election coalition
France's President Emmanuel Macron gives a press conference with President of the European Council and President of the European Commission at The European Council Building in Brussels on June 24, 2022. Photo: Ludovic Marin / AFP
France's President Emmanuel Macron gives... […]

Move over, Jupiter: France’s parliament takes centre stage

By design, France is usually governed by a president vested with extraordinary powers. But after the recent election, Emmanuel Macron now finds himself at the mercy of a newly influential parliament.
Europe now finds itself short of national leaders with the charisma and political space to champion its values on the global stage. Photo: Ludovic Marin / Pool / AFP
Europe now finds itself short of nationa... […]

Macron’s domestic travails to sap European leadership

Emmanuel Macron's loss of his overall majority risks further weakening European leadership, with France's leader set to be distracted by domestic troubles even while retaining control over foreign policy
Emmanuel Macron celebrates his victory in France's presidential election run-off on the Champ de Mars in Paris on April 24, 2022. Photo: Thomas Coex / AFP
Emmanuel Macron celebrates his victory i... […]

Five challenges for Macron in new term

French President Emmanuel Macron faces a daunting range of tasks after defeating far-right leader Marine Le Pen and winning a new term at the Elysee Palace. AFP looks at five challenges ahead for the centrist
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