France’s Macron Strengthens His EU Hand With European Parliament Vote

French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, May 28, 2019 (AP photo by Francisco Seco).
French President Emmanuel Macron arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, May 28, 2019 (AP photo by Francisco Seco).
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While the ostensible purpose of European Parliament elections, which took place this weekend, is to determine the makeup of the European Union’s deliberative body, the results often have implications for domestic politics across the member states. This is certainly the case for French President Emmanuel Macron, who positioned himself prominently in this year’s election campaign. But it’s still unclear exactly what impact the vote will have on the future of European or French politics. Macron portrayed the vote as a battle between his progressive, reformist vision for the EU and the illiberal, nationalist policies championed by the bloc’s far-right populist […]

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