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Emmanuel Macron has lost his parliamentary majority. His centrist alliance Ensemble has won only 245 seats. Mélenchon’s left-wing alliance NUPES has secured 131 seats and will now replace the centre-right Repubicans as the main parliamentary opposition. Marine Le Pen’s Rassemblement National has won 89 seats, a historic record against the eight it won in 2017. As affirmed by Sophie Pornschlegel, Connecting Europe Project Leader and European Policy Centre Policy Analyst, the next months will be challenging on the rule of law because of France’s lack of political culture on compromises. Read more.

Source: BBC News

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As noted by Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Denmark has joined the Common Security and Defence Policy after 30 years of opting out. This historic day shows trust in the EU integration process in the current geopolitical environment. Read more.

Source: Josep Borrell Fontelles

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According to EU law professor Alberto Alemanno, the outcome of the French parliamentary elections has consequences for both France and Europe’s future. What are the options open to Emmanuel Macron? Read his thread.

Source: Alberto Alemanno

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen calls to end unanimity in EU foreign policy decisions. In the past, the EU has faced excruciating delays on major decisions because of the opposition of a single member country but today it must be able to respond faster to geopolical developments and to avoid political deadlocks in the European Council. Read the article.

Source: Politico

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