Can Macron Redraw the Political Map?

Kemal Derviş and Caroline Conroy

Many commentators have described Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election as a triumph for the center right, because he received votes that otherwise would have gone to the scandal-plagued mainstream conservative candidate, François Fillon.

But this electoral dynamic does not capture the meaning of Macron’s victory. It would be more accurate to say that Macron cut through traditional party divides and stood as a candidate for those who believe that, with proper management and new technologies, European integration and the forces of globalization can deliver widely shared benefits. By contrast, most of Macron’s opponents simply stoked fears about today’s economic realities. Continue reading

The fight for Florida in US Presidential Elections 2012

By: Nicole Best, Miami-Dade, Florida

The state of Florida could prove to be the clincher for the 2012 US Presidential Elections. Both the Romney and Obama campaigns have been focusing heavily on this state which brings in at least 29 votes in the electoral college – votes that could push either Governor Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama into the White House. Continue reading