Political Shifts in Europe: Macron Dissolves Parliament Amid Far-Right Surge | G7 Summit Updates

Updated - June 13, 2024 09:20 pm IST

Published - June 13, 2024 08:09 pm IST

In this episode, Sriram Lakshman from The Hindu provides a comprehensive update on recent European political events and international summits. The European Parliament is grappling with noticeable changes after the June 6-9 elections. French President Emmanuel Macron took a political gamble by dissolving France’s National Assembly on June 9th, after disappointing election results for his party. This move comes as far-right factions, such as Marine Le Pen’s National Rally, gained significant ground, and the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) won the most seats, securing 189.

Macron’s dissolution of the National Assembly presumably seeks to break the current political deadlock. Central to this political drama is Jordan Bardella, the 28-year-old leader of the National Rally, who is positioned as a potential Prime Minister should his party win a majority. Bardella has focused on issues such as the cost of living, jobs, and French identity, resonating with many voters.

At the G7 summit in Italy, key issues include a proposed $50 billion loan to Ukraine, funded by frozen Russian assets, and discussions on the Israel-Hamas conflict, the Indo-Pacific region, and migration from Africa. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence, alongside leaders from Brazil, Argentina, and Saudi Arabia, underscores a broadening at the top levels of international diplomacy.

Following the G7, the Ukraine peace summit in Burgenstock, Switzerland, will gather nearly 90 countries, with notable absences like Russia, China, and Brazil. The summit aims to establish a roadmap for peace, addressing nuclear security, food security, and humanitarian aid for Ukraine. The United States will be represented by Vice President Kamala Harris and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

As Europe navigates choppy political waters, the outcomes of these elections and summits will undoubtedly impact the continent’s future.

Presentation: Sriram Lakshman

Production: Shikha Kumari A

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