News from the Capitals #32

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 

On Wednesday, the important debate between Marine Le Pen, candidate of the “Rassemblement National” (RN) and Emmanuel Macron, current President of the Republic was held. Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen discussed their positions and their vision on purchasing power, foreign policy, secularism, security, and institutions.  

The main points of the debate are divided in three axes. The first axis relates to purchasing power and Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron debated at length about their programs on the topic, the primary concern of the French population. Macron wanted to demonstrate the "ineffectiveness" of the proposals of Le Pen. Second, Emmanuel Macron responded that Le Pen held a position towards Ukraine and Russia that "does not correspond to the vote" of MEPs of the RN - they opposed the payment of financial aid from the European Union (EU) to Ukraine by a vote - nor to its historical positions. Emmanuel Macron even said that Marine Le Pen's banker was very close to Russian power. Third, Macron accused Le Pen of being “a climate skeptic", defending his record and denouncing the project of his competitor who wants to stop all new wind and solar projects: "Your strategy is a strategy of all nuclear. It is not possible." 

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who came third in the first round of the presidential election, thinks he can get to Matignon in the "third round" of legislative elections in June. 


UK 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his wife Carrie and Chancellor Rishi Sunak were among those that received a fine in the latest round of police ‘Partygate’ action as 50 fines have now been handed out to No10 Downing Street staff. The Met has confirmed that more fines are expected, and it has been reported that Johnson himself could be in line for a further 3. The Labour Party this week has called for an investigation by the privileges committee on whether Johnson misled Parliament when he claimed he wasn’t aware of any No. 10 parties, however it is unlikely to go ahead until later this year. 

The Home Office has announced their new plan for immigration where they plan to send asylum seekers who cross the English Channel to a migrant processing centre in Rwanda. The plan has come under some criticism from opposition parties and some religious leaders over Easter, however Johnson and the Tories have hit back at this criticism and claimed it will tackle gangs exploiting migrants with small boat crossings. 


Spain  

Regarding COVID-19, from 20th April, indoor mask is not anymore compulsory, remaining the obligation in public transport, planes, and healthcare centers. 

Spanish President, Pedro Sanchez, has held a visit to Ukraine, meeting Ukraine President, Zelenski. Sanchez stated that Spain will send more military equipment and armament. 

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