News from the Capitals #17
Europe is a colourful continent in terms of policies and outcomes. It is essential to stay updated on how these policies may impact your work to build better regulatory frameworks, enhance your message and enhance communication with stakeholders. Here you can find a summary of the major European political updates of this week.
Olaf Scholz (SPD) has officially been sworn in as the new chancellor of Germany. the parliament had to formally vote to make him chancellor, and it is safe to say there was not an overwhelming majority. To pass the threshold Scholz needed at least 369 votes in favour. He received 395. 303 voted against and 6 chose not to vote. The cabinet has been decided and now we are awaiting the announcement of the committees. We know that the AfD is likely to head two very important committees - internal affairs and health.
Boris Johnson’s announced his new “Plan B” coronavirus restrictions to combat the Omicron variant which means that face masks will be compulsory in most public venues such as cinemas and places of worship, the work from home order will be renewed, and COVID passports will be implemented via the NHS app for nightclubs and mass events like gigs and football matches. The reception of the new Covid rules has been widely negative, with a number of Conservative MPs already indicating that they will vote against any domestic passport. There is a fear that anger towards the government for breaking the rules last winter may have a negative impact on the adherence to the new rules and may negate the message the government is sharing on the seriousness of the Omicron variant.
With a very uncertain outcome until the last moment, Valérie Pécresse (president of the Île-de-France region and former minister under Sarkozy’s presidency) won the conservative (Les Républicains) party’s internal election which aimed to choose the party’s candidate for the presidential election. After this announcement, a poll has outlined that she would be in position to beat Emmanuel Macron in the 2nd round of the presidential election (52% VS 48%). This was mediatised a lot since she would be the first candidate to potentially win against Macron, reshuffling the cards ahead of the electoral campaign.
Eric Zemmour has finally officialised his candidacy with a video posted on social media. This was followed by a meeting in the Parisian area on Sunday, where a lot of demonstrators were present to protest against his political programme. Zemmour was slightly injured by one of them.