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Macron favours transforming Europe’s bailout fund, the ESM, into a full-blown European Monetary Fund, an idea that has supporters in Berlin. He also favours a euro zone budget and finance minister, ideas less popular within Merkel’s entourage.

Europe’s populist wave crashes as Macron sails into French runoff

The populist tsunami that slammed into Britain last year, before sweeping across the Atlantic to the United States, may have faded on the shores of France on Sunday (23 April)

The least educated citizens, who feel left behind by globalisation and are worried about immigration, are most likely to vote for Le Pen, while the better-off, better-educated urban voters will turn to Macron. But the rising star of French politics will have to broaden his appeal beyond the cities if he is to win in a vote where the abstention rate looks set to be high and could therefore be the determining factor in electing France’s new president.

Historic French election upheaval sets up second round clash over EU

The first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday (23 April) reduced the traditional political parties to insignificance, in a vote that exposed the country’s deep social divisions and set up a second round clash over the EU

On a global level, Hoyer said that strong multilateral institutions will be needed to support sustainable growth. “If the US weakens its commitment to multilateralism and its institutions by seeking out bilateral agreements and enforcing protectionist measures, then this will make the global cake smaller, not larger. If you leave a group of strong friends you don’t get stronger - you get a little more lonely. An agenda where protectionist measures, such as tariffs, are used to promote domestic investment would deal a severe blow to the progress made over recent decades. To us in the EU, which is based on multilateralism and freedom of movement, this is anathema.”

Werner Hoyer: Open markets and societies will fail if people are left behind

Werner Hoyer, the President of the European Investment Bank, today underlined the value of multilateralism in tackling the world’s challenges and demanded a more inclusive economic policy

The departure of the UK from EU decision-making will thus provide a boost to its more heavily regulated major member economies, such as France

Post-Brexit Europe: population and economic policy

For the EU, Brexit means a shift toward smaller countries and less free-market countries

Theresa May’s bombshell announcement coincided with the International Monetary Fund’s release of its latest analysis of the UK economy. It underlined the widespread consensus among experts that leaving the EU will in the longer term deal a body blow to British living standards, although it sugared the pill by revising its forecast for this year’s GDP growth upwards to an EU-beating two per cent.

It’s up to the EU to ensure May’s ‘softer Brexit’ ploy pays off

“It’s about getting the best possible deal” on Brexit – that is British Prime Minister Theresa May’s new mantra to explain the surprise general election she has called for 8 June

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