The "European Balance of Political Power" Edition

The "European Balance of Political Power" Edition

The ITS Café

The ITS Café

“The big difference now is that, because the EPP and the S&D are going to be much weaker, relatively, than they have been in the past, and the liberals [ALDE] stronger, the balance of power within that alliance is going to be quite different.” — Pascal Letendre-Hanns

The European Union gears up for election season as polls on the upcoming European Parliamentary Elections shed light on shifting political realities in Europe. Spain announces new general elections, and Rome and Paris trade political jabs over the Gilets Jaunes. Senior Editor Pascal Letendre-Hanns and Chief Editor Cameron Vaské examine the changing balance of political power in this episode of The ITS Café.

*Update: Since this recording, Spain’s centrist/centre-right party Ciudadanos has announced it will not form a coalition with Pedro Sánchez or PSOE in the Spanish Parliament following the General Election in April.
La ejecutiva de Ciudadanos decide por unanimidad no pactar con el PSOE tras las generales | Elsa García de Blas and José Marcos, El País

Further Reading:

- ¿Por qué un veto al PSOE y no a Vox? | Jorge Galindo, El País

- EU parliament's centrist coalition set to lose majority, poll finds | Jennifer Rankin, The Guardian

- Recalled French ambassador returns to Rome, invites Italian president to Paris | France 24

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