As Venezuela Says ‘No’ to Populism, France Says ‘Maybe’

As Venezuela Says ‘No’ to Populism, France Says ‘Maybe’
French far-right National Front Party leader, Marine Le Pen, delivers a speech after the first round of regional elections, Henin-Beaumont, Dec. 6, 2015 (AP photo by Michel Spingler).

Editor’s note: Judah Grunstein is filling in for Richard Gowan, who is out this week. Two elections yesterday, an ocean apart, upended politics in the nations that went to the polls, with implications for their surrounding regions. In Venezuela, the political opposition won parliamentary elections, dealing the first electoral setback above the municipal and provincial levels to the late Hugo Chavez’s United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in more than a decade.* In France, Marine Le Pen’s National Front party (FN) topped the combined voting in first-round elections for regional governments, confirming the party’s entry into the mainstream of French […]

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