Not even two months after the election of new French president Emmanuel Macron, the executive in the République is hit by its first scandal: Macron’s allies from the Mouvement démocrate (Democratic Movement) are involved in a political uproar regarding party finances. The party is accused of “fraudulent employment,” meaning that it hired people as parliamentary assistants in the European Parliament who did not do any actual work.
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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.
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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