News from the Capitals #7

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.

 

Germany

Federal elections are this Sunday. Currently, the SPD is in the lead, followed by the CDU/CSU Union, followed by the Green Party. 24.09, a big Fridays for Future protest is being organised, which could influence the voting turnout on Sunday. Additionally, a 20 y/o man was murdered by an individual who has shown support for the AfD party on social media. The AfD has been condemned for this attack and held partially responsible. This could also have an influence on the outcome of the elections on Sunday. 

 

France

Following the submarines crisis, the government has recalled both its Australian and American ambassadors. J. Biden and E. Macron had a talk to appease tensions, but the crisis is still going on and Australian PM announced that he will be “patient” in rebuilding his relationship with the French government. 

The 2nd round of the Green party internal election to select their candidate for the presidential election will take place between 25th and 28th September, between Yannick Jadot and Sandrine Rousseau. The French far right polemist Eric Zemmour’s candidacy has been tested in a poll in which he reached 11%. If he runs for candidate, this is expected to weaken Marine Le Pen (far fight) position, who would according to the polls likely be as in 2017 the challenger of E. Macron for the second round. A TV debate between Zemmour and Jean-Luc Mélenchon (far left) will take place tonight and may bring some additional elements. 


UK

The Governments reshuffle concluded this week with a number of changes. Although Sajid Javid retained his position as Health Secretary, several other notable figures were replaced. This includes Lord Bethell who, alongside ex Health Secretary Matt Hancock, continues to be investigated for the improper handing out of Government contracts. 

Boris Johnson’s visit to America has dominated news this week. Johnson met with Biden ahead of Cop26 to discuss further climate commitments. Other topics of discussion included the recently announced AUKUS deal and the potential US-UK trade deal which does not seem to be moving forward. 

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