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Three Challenges for a Macron Presidency

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by Daniela Schwarzer | France, European Union

Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron will face off in the second round of voting on May 7. A Macron presidency could be the last chance for liberal-minded politicians to reform France and the EU. Failure to do so may pave the way in five years’ time for a far-right or far-left president who would then begin undoing the EU.

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