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Macron's démarche

Posted by: The Conversation

Date: Tuesday, 11 June 2024

France - and the broader community of European countries - are still reeling from the extraordinary political gamble taken by President Emmanuele Macron in dissolving the French parliament and calling a snap election. His decision was triggered by European parliamentary election results which showed Macron’s centrist alliance being trounced by the far right movement led by Marine Le Pen. Julien Robin answers key questions on the implications of Macron’s move.

The European parliamentary poll didn’t produce the rightwing landslide some had predicted As George Newth explains, the results show a fragile centre holding - just - amid a shift to the right that nevertheless carries significant potential to shape the near future of the EU.

In South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC), which a week ago failed to win a majority of seats in parliament, is seeking what it has termed a government of national unity. Joleen Steyn Kotze names the five parties that should be part of it, and sets out what they stand for.

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Snap elections in France: a political scientist lays out what’s at stake

Julien Robin, Université de Montréal

Julien Robin, a specialist in French parliamentary life, looks at what the surprise dissolution means for French politics.

EU elections: how Italy’s far-right leader Giorgia Meloni framed her politics throughout the campaign

George Newth, University of Bath

Italy’s prime minister won big in the European elections, leveraging her campaign to bring her exclusionary politics into the mainstream.

South Africa’s unity government: 5 parties that need to find common ground

Joleen Steyn Kotze, University of the Free State

Political parties must show ideological flexibility to foster stability and drive South Africa towards prosperity through creative policy solutions.

Donald Duck at 90: how the Disney favourite has evolved to appeal to a changing society

Joel Gray, Sheffield Hallam University

Within a few years of his debut appearance in 1934, Donald Duck had already achieved a celebrity status comparable to Shirley Temple or Greta Garbo.


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