22 EUROPEAN COUNTRIES WITHOUT US AMBASSADORS

22 U.S. embassies in Europe are missing Ambassadors at the helm. The vacancies are undermining not just the United States’ credibility but also the country’s ability to advocate for U.S. interests at the most senior levels. The absence of U.S. Ambassadors in European countries is concerning because European countries represent important political and economic partners

NOUVEAU GOUVERNEMENT MACRON MAIS PAS GOUVERNEMENT DU RENOUVEAU

  1. Premier Ministre : Edouard Philippe (ENA)
  2. Ministre de l’Intérieur :  Gérard Collomb 
  3. Ministre d’Etat, Ministre de l’Ecologie : Nicolas Hulot 
  4. Ministre d’Etat, Garde des Sceaux : François Bayrou 
  5. Ministre de l’Economie : Bruno Le Maire (ENA)
  6. Ministre des Armées :  Sylvie Goulard  (ENA)
  7. Ministre de l’Europe et des Affaires Etrangères : Jean-Yves Le Drian 
  8. Ministre de la Cohésion des Territoires : Richard Ferrand 
  9. Ministre des Solidarités et de la Santé : Agnes Buzyn 

GREEN PLAN FOR TRANSPARENCY AND INTEGRITY IN THE EP

Proposals on Lobbying

MACRON AND KEY EU MEMBER STATES

Emmanuel Macron has not only campaigned as an unbashed pro-European, but has placed Europe is at the core of both his domestic and international agendas. Some of his key views are well known already. In particular, he has been an advocate of a Eurozone budget, managed by a Eurozone Minister accountable to a Eurozone Parliament. He has firm positions on Brexit, with a view to protecting the remaining members. He has made clear that he supports a more flexible Europe. He favours debt relief for Greece so as to keep Athens in the Eurozone.

THE EU’S FAILED RELATIONSHIP WITH RUSSIA

Author: Anke Schmidt-Felzmann, Researcher in the Special Research Programme for International Studies at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs and a Senior Lecturer at Dalarna University, Sweden.

MANDATORY TRANSPARENCY REGISTER: EP DRAFT NEGOTIATING MANDATE

At its meeting on 11 April 2017, the EP Transparency Register Contact Group endorsed by a large majority the Draft Mandate hereafter. The purpose of the draft mandate is to define the European Parliament's priorities for negotiations with the other Institutions at political level, which reflects Parliament's previous calls for a mandatory Transparency Register.

FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION FINAL RESULTS

  1. Registered Voters : 40 303 662
  2. Abstention : 11 416 454 (24.66% of registered voters)
  3. Voters: 34 887 208 (75.34% of registered voters)
  4. Blank Votes: 2 989 270 (5.46% of registered voters, 8.57% of voters)
  5. Void Votes: 1 056 124 (2.28% of registered voters, 3.03% of voters)
  6. Votes Cast: 30 941 813 (66.61% of registered voters, 88.40% of voters)

Emmanuel Macron: 20 257 167 (43.75% of registered voters, 65.68% of votes cast)

Marine Le Pen: 10 584 646 (22.86% of registered voters, 34.32% of votes cast.

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MACRON’S REORIENTATION PROPOSALS FOR EUROPE

Based on Macron's Program 

Translated from French into English by CdF

Europe faces today a triple challenge: Accordingly it is necessary to take time for debate and reestablish trust, reaffirm the five dimensions of European sovereignty and reinforce European identity by concrete achievements.

Take the time for debate and reestablish confidence in Europe

The basis of a new European Union will be laid down at the end of a large citizen consultation at national and European level.

LE PEN AND FRANCE ON THE WORLD STAGE

General principles

Le Pen’s foreign-policy platform rests on a promise to rectify France’s loss of influence and power on the international scene: France as a sovereign power, France as a balancing power, France as a world power, and on the contention that these three concepts are no longer respected.

MACRON AND FRANCE’S ROLE ON THE WORLD STAGE

Macron has outlined a vision based on collaboration among four entities: the national forces, European treaties (with reciprocal protection clauses), NATO and the UN system.

NATO

According to him, it is not in France's interest to question its place in [NATO's] integrated military command, but that France will try to limit NATO interventions beyond its geographical reach to those cases alone which directly impact the interests of France.

UN

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