News from the Capitals #35
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.
With the launch of the legislative elections, 20 right-wing candidates give up, “leading the fight" after the low score of Valérie Pécresse in the presidential election. The left strengthened with the historic agreement between the major political forces of the country. On Tuesday, the Socialist Party and La France Insoumise, have published the list of the first candidates for the legislative invested in the framework of the New Popular Union ecological and social. The PS has unveiled the names of 56 candidates out of the 70 socialists who will be invested by a broad alliance on the left bringing together virtually all political forces present at the presidential election. Thus, the leader of this alliance, Jean-Luc Mélenchon hopes to win these legislative elections to become the Prime Minister.
Emmanuel Macron held a speech before all the candidates of the majority invested in the upcoming legislative elections. He hopes to obtain the most stable majority possible and avoid internal opponents as was the case with former deputies who left for the Greens like Cédric Villani, the former member of Macron's party in Paris. The President insisted that the ministers train the younger ones in a new method, a new program for the country. Emmanuel Macron has rarely personally invested in the choice of candidates. He played it safe by reappointing almost all the outgoing deputies.
As for the far right, it seems to be more divided than ever, with candidates from the two parties Reconquête and Rassemblement national running against each other in the constituencies.
A number of council seats were up for election last week across parts of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. The Conservative Party lost 485 seats and control of 12 councils, including Wandsworth, Westminster and Barnet councils in London, all traditional Tory strongholds. The Labour Party and Liberal Democrats secured a number of seats in what was a reasonably strong performance for the two parties.
In Northern Ireland, the nationalist party Sinn Féin took the most seats in the Stormont assembly for the first time, meaning Michelle O'Neill will be entitled to become first minister, which has instigated discussion around Irish unification. While this unification is some way off, Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK will once again be focused on the failed negotiations with regards to the Northern Ireland Protocol. Reports suggest that Foreign Secretary Liz Truss is preparing to announce legislation that would unilaterally override parts of the protocol as soon as next week.
This week saw Prince Charles deliver the Queen’s Speech, laying out the Governments legislative priorities for the coming year. While legislation on the Northern Ireland Protocol did not feature, the Government highlighted their commitment to the domestic life sciences sector and to levelling up. Ultimately, health did not feature as much as was expected given the ongoing impact of the pandemic on services, however health inequalities will continue to drive Government focus and policy.
NATO will hold its next summit in Spain on 29th and 30th June, increasing Spain’s role in global governance.
Political crises regarding the PEGASUS case continue as the Spanish government has already admitted the espionage and has ceased the national intelligence centre director as they stated it was an error in government communication security.