News from the Capitals #3
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.
Florian Philippot has declared his candidacy for the presidential election. He is a former member of the far-right party Rassemblement National which founded his own conservative movement “Les patriotes” in 2017.
The presidential elections will take place on 10 and 24 April 2022, and the legislative elections on 12 and 19 June 2022, according to the calendar presented in the Ministerial Council.
The Greens continue to be preoccupied with the minor scandals of recent weeks. As a consequence, rumours keep coming up that co-chair Robert Habeck could take over Annalena Baerbock's candidacy for chancellor. However, Habeck clearly denied these rumours at the weekend and said that this was not a topic of discussion in the party.
On 14 July, the European Court of Justice in its interim measures ordered the immediate suspension of the Disciplinary Chamber of the Supreme Court. The Polish Constitutional Tribunal, whose independence has been repeatedly questioned by the European Parliament and the Venice Commission, immediately challenged the authority of the ECJ, ruling that applying the Luxembourg-based court's measures would be unconstitutional. This contradictory ruling has been interpreted by some experts as a decisive step toward 'Polexit'.
Much of the week's news has been centred around the England football team after their loss in the Euros final. Some England players have been vocally critical of the Governments decisions in the build-up to the tournament to not support their anti-racism message and have laid some blame on those politicians following the racial abuse they have received online.
Boris Johnson this week laid out his ‘levelling up’ agenda, which is expected to improve the lives of those in the poorer areas of the country to meet the standards of those elsewhere. There is some suggestion that Johnson and the Tories are attempting to consolidate the support they gained in the 2019 election in traditionally Labour northern seats, but in doing so, may be losing the support of their traditional seats in the south.