News from the Capitals #28

by RPP colleagues

 

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.

 

France

President Emmanuel Macron is freeing himself a little more from his political campaign, according to one of his government ministers. He is trying to distance himself from important issues such as the war in Ukraine, the rise in energy prices, and the institutional crisis in Corsica.

The upcoming week could mark a turning point in the President's campaign, with at least two trips on the agenda, including one "in the regions" on the topic of ecology, as Macron's team indicated on Wednesday.

Looking at the French Socialist Party, the former President of the Republic, François Hollande, has brought his support to Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris and a candidate for the presidential elections, as she is still in great difficulty in the polls.


Spain

The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, wrote a letter to the King of Morocco, Mohamed V. The letter which was sent on March 14 and was published in full this Wednesday by 'El País', limits itself in this aspect to expressing Sánchez's wish that the renewal of the relationship between the two countries serves to guarantee territorial integrity, without expressly alluding to the Spanish autonomous cities, Ceuta, and Melilla. Sánchez aims to seek a solution within the framework of the United Nations, although he does not mention the right to self-determination or the holding of a referendum.

The diplomatic 'turn' in the Spanish position, which had always defended a self-determination referendum for the Sahara, has provoked a barrage of criticism. It had been hidden from Podemos, its government partner, which has generated discomfort as Podemos always defended the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people.

Algeria, Spain's important partner for gas exports, has also reacted to the change in position. After a series of changes in the explanations from the Foreign Office discussing whether he had been informed, the Ambassador in Madrid was called for consultations from Algiers, showing that the change had not sat well, since Algeria is a staunch defender of Saharawi aspirations.

Unidas Podemos is negotiating with the Socialist Workers Party a partial reduction of the so-called "benefits from heaven" to the electricity companies along with other measures that "complement and condition each other", in view of the National Plan for Response to the Consequences of the War in Ukraine that the Government expects to approve soon.


Belgium

On Friday, the Federal Government decided to postpone its planned 2025 nuclear exit by 10 years, worried about rising energy prices due to the invasion of Ukraine. This extension is intended to strengthen Belgium's independence from fossil fuels. The transition to renewable energies is also being accelerated through additional investments in offshore wind, hydrogen, solar energy, and sustainable mobility.

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