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People holding German flags take part in a rally organised by Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on May 1, 2019 in Chemnitz, eastern Germany. Hendrik Schmidt/AFP

The impact of immigration on EU countries’ nationalistic sentiments

Nationalism seems to be on the rise in Europe, with many parties hostile to immigration. But what role does immigration itself have their support? Research shows some unexpected impacts.
Is there really a strong division between folks like Brexit leader Farage and global citizens Bill Gates and Canadian PM Justin Trudeau? REUTERS/Peter Nicholls, Geoff Robins

Rise in globalism doesn’t mean the end for nationalists

Data show that many people who consider themselves ‘global citizens’ also harbor strong national sentiments. The two aren’t mutually exclusive.
Macron votes. Eric Feferberg/AP

Macron beats Le Pen, but can he lead France?

Being president of France won't be easy for Emmanuel Macron. Without the support of an established political party, his legislative agenda may go nowhere fast.
As a French specificity, blank vote is counted but not recognised, despite a steady increase of its usage in many elections in the country. Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Could blank and invalid votes change the result of the French election?

Never before in French presidential elections have commentators and pundits expressed alarming concern about the size of the blank voting.
An electoral poster of Emmanuel Macron, France’s centre-left presidential candidate, calling for unity. Benoit Tessier/Reuters

French election highlights a deep divide on the European Union

France's two presidential candidates diverge markedly on many issues, but nothing is as divisive as France's relationship with the EU.
National Front party leader, Marine Le Pen, has been campaigning on a populist agenda. Charles Platiau/Reuters

And the winner in the French presidential election is… populism

A survey shows that candidates who exploited populism in one way or the other during the first round of the French presidential election captured about half of the vote.

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