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Are The New Faces Of European Politics Here To Stay?

Across the continent, Muslims are breaking into politics, becoming parliamentarians, assembly members, senators and mayors to represent their increasingly diverse electorates. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan made headlines around the world when he was elected in 2016, and, according to a recent poll, he is the most popular Labour Party politician in the U.K. But he’s not alone: Ahmed Aboutaleb has been the Muslim mayor of Rotterdam since 2009 and is considered one of the Netherlands’ most popular politicians.

Read Here – Ozy 

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Why Macron Won And Clinton Lost

Months of post-mortems of Clinton’s loss to Trump overshadow one of the simplest explanations: It’s important to convince voters that you are not corrupt. Macron also benefited from voters who refused to give Le Pen a free pass on her party’s history of racism and xenophobia the way Americans let Trump get away with his inflammatory statements.

Read Here – Bloomberg View

The People Who Will Run France After Macron’s Win

After years of careful preparation and months of campaigning, Emmanuel Macron and his allies are about to take control of the euro area’s second-biggest economy. Typically associates from the elite French schools where the new president studied, or his time in government under outgoing President Francois Hollande, Team Macron were first dismissed as fantasists and then faced attacks from all sides. Now they are going to be taking decisions that will affect hundreds of billions of dollars in global trade from energy to finance and defense.

Read Here – Bloomberg

Can Obama’s Hope Sway The French Election?

Where was Barack Obama on the day that Republicans in the House of Representatives dealt a potentially mortal wound to the Affordable Care Act, his signature domestic achievement? In France—at least, on French Twitter, where a video of Obama endorsing Emmanuel Macron for President was pinned* to the top of Macron’s page.

Read Here – The New Yorker

The Future Of Europe Hinges On a Face-Off In France

The last time a French Presidential election was anywhere near this wild was in 2002. Jacques Chirac, the center-right President, was supposed to face Lionel Jospin, the center-left Prime Minister. (The two men had been sharing power in a “cohabitation” government.) The extreme-right candidate, Jean-Marie Le Pen—Marine’s father, an eyepatch-wearing former paratrooper and gleeful racist, who famously called the Holocaust a “detail” of history—had been polling a weak fourth.

Read Here – The New Yorker

Can Erdogan Juggle Trump And Putin At The Same Time?

Erdogan, Trump and Putin share common traits, which undoubtedly feed their feelings of affinity toward one another. All three are diplomatically unorthodox populists who are outspoken in their views. All three are impulsive and equally disliked internationally. This, however, doesn’t portend a three-way match made in heaven.

Read Here – Al-Monitor

An Exhausting Victory For Erdoğan

President Tayyip Erdoğan announced his narrow win for the constitutional shift from a parliamentary to an executive system as a result of the April 16 referendum, representing a radical change in Turkey’s administrative regime.

Read Here – Hurriyet Daily News

Turkey’s President Wins Sweeping Powers In Cliffhanger Vote

Turkey’s shift toward a more authoritarian system under Erdogan will no doubt elicit further condemnation from the European Union, but European powers also understand that they still need Turkey’s cooperation in containing migrant traffic and in keeping a check on Russia.

Read Here – Stratfor

The Vote That Could Wreck The European Union

It has been many years since France last had a revolution, or even a serious attempt at reform. Stagnation, both political and economic, has been the hallmark of a country where little has changed for decades, even as power has rotated between the established parties of left and right. Until now. This year’s presidential election, the most exciting in living memory, promises an upheaval.

Read Here – The Economist

Merkel Must Change To Meet Germany’s Challenges

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced her intention to run for a fourth term. But it is unclear whether she is the right leader to confront the immense challenges facing the country. No less than liberal democracy is at stake.

Read Here – Der Spiegel

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