The Macron Supremacy

The French have been going to the polls once again (as if our nerves aren’t sufficiently shattered from the last round), this time the parliamentary election was up. If you’re not familiar with the French electoral process: the voters first elect a president, usually over two rounds of voting. This president becomes the head of…

France brings in new President, and a new turn to Europe

On France’s Election Sunday, Europe’s EU enthusiasts took a sigh of relief, and just in time for the EU’s celebration of Europe Day, on May 09. Emmanuel Macron of the recently formed En Marche! gathered an impressive 66% of the votes, compared to Front National Marine Le Pen’s 34%, the second round of the French…

Poland not doing itself any favours

  This week, the Government of Poland made themselves outliers as the only European Union Member State not to back Donald Tusk for a second term as President of the EU Council. Poland’s right-wing government are political rivals of Tusk’s in domestic politics.   But the remaining 27 states swiftly overwhelmed Poland’s objections, which centred…

Greece: Economics is hard

The Greeks have looked the IMF/ECB horse in the mouth, and voted a resounding “No” to the conditions offered by Europe for further fiscal support. The debate between Greece and her creditors though is not over leniency or hard work, but a demonstration of how the 2008 crash has thrown conventional economics into turmoil. As…

The Queen’s Speech for International Relations

While the Queen’s Speech today in Westminster focussed largely on constitutional and welfare matters for Britain, it outlined the UK’s plans for its year in international affairs, and not just those rigid state visits. Here is a phrase-by-phrase analysis of the key global facing parts of The Gracious Address: My government will renegotiate the United…