As France undertakes its general elections, the world's eyes will be on Marine Le Pen as concern grows about the future of the European Union (EU). Lingering insecurity, especially in the wake of the most recent terror attack on police on the Champs-Elysees in Paris, will have a marked effect on voter sentiments in one of the founding members-states of the Union. EU-critics will see this as the inevitable result of the EU’s failed integration policies. By MARIUS OOSTHUIZEN.
After a weekend in which two French politicians – Marine le Pen and Emmanuel Macron – sent the old right and left parties to the graveyard and now face each other in the final run-off in two weeks, J. BROOKS SPECTOR looks at the electoral landscape across Europe. What does it all mean? Is it time for one of those Gallic shrugs or that old saw, “hopeless but not serious”?
The Trump presidency already appears to be coming unglued in its handling of international relations, or at the minimum, the various people in his administration, including “The Decider” himself, really need to become serious adults before something truly dreadful happens. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a look. Carefully.
Donald Trump’s pathway through his term as president has begun to yield surprising changes of heart and these new approaches may herald a better balanced administration – or present yet newer dangers. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a look.
In the midst of all his domestic problems, US President Donald Trump has had a week jam-packed with meetings with foreign leaders and discussions over some serious issues. And he may just have found a bit of moral indignation over a real (as opposed to a feigned) outrage. By J. BROOKS SPECTOR.
On March 13, 2013, the world watched an unknown Argentinian emerge on the balcony at St Peter’s in Rome. Jorge Mario Bergoglio (who chose the name Francis) had been elected pope after Benedict XVI unexpectedly resigned weeks earlier. From that moment, it was clear something was different. By RUSSELL POLLITT.