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Analysis

France before the election: Where is the country headed?

Who will take up residence in the Élysée Palace? The French are choosing their next president in a two-step process, with a first-round election on April 23 and a runoff on May 7. The results of the vote in one of Europe's most populous and economically important nations will send a signal to the entire continent. We take a look at the country's economic and social situation and its global ties. read more...

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Analysis

French Elections: Economic Stagnation, Political Revolution?

The rise of Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron in the run-up to the French presidential elections reflects a wider dissatisfaction with the country's political system. Is France on the verge of a political breakthrough that will replace the old Conservative-Socialist divide by one between nationalists and internationalists? read more...

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Interview

Brexit/Trump: Wake-up Calls for a More Active EU?

On March 29 British Prime Minister Theresa May officially announces the United Kingdom's exit from the EU - nine months after a majority of the UK voted for "Brexit". How should the EU conduct its negotiations? Do Brexit and the new U.S. president signify the end of international cooperation as we know it? Statements by our Chairman and CEO Aart De Geus. read more...

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Analysis

60th anniversary of the Treaties of Rome: What now for the EU?

On March 25 Europe will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the "Treaties of Rome". The agreement is a cornerstone for the European Union as we know it today. On this occasion we have asked experts from the six founding countries to give their view on the EU, its biggest challenges and accomplishments. read more...

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Analysis

Fact Check: The Netherlands goes to the polls

Parliamentary elections are being held in the Netherlands on March 15. The right-wing populist PVV party has repeatedly succeeded in infusing the campaign with anti-Islamic sentiment and prospects of the Netherlands leaving the EU, also known as "Nexit." But what about the facts? How is Germany's neighbor doing in terms of its economy, social situation and global ties? read more...

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Who does support Geert Wilders?

After the electoral upsets in the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States, all eyes are set on the European election season that will unfold this year. Next stop is The Hague, where the performance of the right-wing populist Geert Wilders is raising eyebrows and the anatomy of his electorate is raising questions. read more...

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Analysis

Dutch Elections: More than Populism's Next Test

Contrary to predictions about a populist victory in the upcoming parliamentary election in the Netherlands, the Dutch may, in fact, be a bellwether inspiring citizens in Europe to engage again in serious national debates on core issues of fundamental politics. read more...

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