We are keeping a close eye on France over the coming weekend, as that country votes in the first round of its presidential election. Ulrike Guerot has previewed the election from a German point of view in this blog post – ‘Should Merkel be scared of Hollande’ – asking whether German unease over a socialist victory is justified. In this article Thomas Klau argues that France deserves better than the campaign it has been given.
We’ll have more on the election as events unfold – and it sounds as though Thomas has already been kept very busy giving analysis to the French and European media.
Meanwhile, several other things have been keeping us busy:
Europe can more sustainably and cost-efficiently handle refugee arrivals by centralising management at a European level
The EU should broaden the scope of what is expected of member states on burden sharing on refugee crisis
The current trajectory of the Russian regime is unstable and without dramatic change it will crumble within the next year
The penetration of Ukrainian politics by the super-rich oligarchy still forms a major obstacle to reform
Europe has relied on outsourcing responsibility for managing migration to other countries, but has failed to offer real incentives to its partners