Category Archives: France

Why Angela Merkel Just Keeps Winning

She looks as unruffled and collected as ever: Angela Merkel’s relentless success is much in the line of German politics, which eulogises experience and calmness in the face of major challenges.

In September, Germans will head to the polls to vote for a new parliament. While European countries such as the Netherlands or France have seen massive rises in far-right movements, Germany – while being one of the most permissive countries when it comes to immigration – has been largely untouched by any kind of political shift.

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Bill Wirtz joins Sky News for the French Election 2017

Young Voices Advocate, Bill Wirtz, sat down with Sky News on election night in Paris to talk about Macron’s victory in the presidential race. They talk about how Macron pulled it off and how younger voters factored into the election.

 

 

Podcast #66: Brexit and Economic Blackmail

Theresa May should expect Brexit talks to fail, so says Fergane Azihari, a Young Voices advocate in France. Ferghane joins the podcast to talk about the economic outlook of the UK and EU if Brexit is completed, and why the EU is rooting for them to fail.

 

Fergane wrote about this in Eurasia Review 

Follow Ferghane on Twitter @AzihariF Young Voices @yvadv and Stephen Kent @stephen_kent89

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Why Macron’s Victory Will Give Merkel A Headache

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel publicly stated that she hopes Emmanuel Macron will win the French presidential elections, few were surprised. Not only have both sides been in regular contact over the past months, but it also seemed unlikely that Merkel would refuse to back the only person still able to prevent a Marine Le Pen presidency.

Nevertheless, if Macron wins on Sunday, which current polls suggest is likely, this will not only be a relief for Merkel, but will also put her in a difficult position. Macron, who has run on a decisively pro-European platform, will need to prove his ability to achieve reforms once elected. For his planned reforms on the EU-level however –– which most prominently feature a common eurozone budget and parliament –– he will rely on German cooperation. The problem? Until now, the appetite of Germany’s current government for Macron’s reforms has been rather low.

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