On Sunday evening, Emmanuel Macron became the first French president in 20 years to win a second term since Jacques Chirac in 2002.
The victory, said Lewis Goodall, will have brought audible sighs of relief in European capitals, in the institutions of Brussels, in Washington and gnashing of teeth of disappointment in the Kremlin.
It was a victory for the progressive center and confirmation that mainstream left and right parties have become as marginalized as UKIP is in the UK.
This is to the credit of En Marche!, a party founded in April 2016 by Macron, a year before he became France’s youngest president.
The founding objective of the movement was to unite left and right, “modernizing and moralizing” French politics.
It’s not far from a new political movement in the UK dubbed the Britain Project, a cross-party alliance backed by Rory Stewart, broadcaster Trevor Phillips, former Tony Blair speechwriter Phil Colins and, if the we believe the rumors, Blair himself.
The nonpartisan collaboration seeks to build a new broad coalition at the center that places “hope, decency, integrity and the common good at the heart of our politics,” according to its website.
They add that they want to “counteract current forces of populism and focus on our sustainable growth as a nation” by “bringing national conversation, grassroots politics and mainstream thinking back to politics from the center based on our shared values. “. .
Read more about the UK project here.
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