The first round of France’s presidential election produced no clear winner, attesting to the country’s political transformation. Regardless of who wins on May 7, they will have to deal with a fractured parliament resulting from June’s legislative elections to pass laws. If the first round of the presidential election is any indication, there will be an important uptick of eurosceptic voices, agreeing on a strong stance vis-à-vis Brussels on everything from budgetary oversight to regulatory encroachment or international trade.
All eyes are on France as the first round of its presidential election fast approaches. Unlike previous elections, the traditional centre-left and centre-right parties are lagging behind newer or more radical political movements in the polls, making it very difficult to predict who will occupy the Élysée Palace after May 7. This post identifies France’s eurosceptic candidates, underscoring the ideological diversity of euroscepticism.
Hype around the Dutch, French, and German elections this year has overshadowed what is likely an even larger threat to European integration. Spain’s Catalonia region plans to hold a referendum on secession from Spain this year. With polls showing public opinion evenly split, there is a real chance for an independent Catalonia in the coming months and years, possibly triggering the region’s exit from the European Union.