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Austrian Voters Reject Far-Right Populist

Austrian voters rejected populism today in their presidential election “re-run”, with far-right candidate Norbert Hofer conceding defeat to the presumptive victor, Alexander Van der Bellen. While the official results have not confirmed Van der Bellen’s victory, exit polls suggest that he will secure a decisive victory. While he ran as an Independent, Alexander Van der Bellen is the … Read more…

French Républicains Nominate Francois Fillon in a Landslide Victory

Francois Fillon has defeated Alain Juppé in the run-off primary election to become the French Republican Party’s nominee for President. The so-called “underdog” won in a landslide, beating the “favorite” 68%-32%. During the first round of the primary last Sunday, former President Nicolas Sarkozy was eliminated from the running in a surprising upset. Read more on last week’s primary round here. Until his … Read more…

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy Loses Primary, French Populist Wave Likely in 2017

In a surprising upset, the former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy was eliminated in the first round of the centre-right Republican Party‘s presidential primary. In conceding his defeat, Sarkozy has backed today’s winner, Francois Fillon, who served as the France’s Prime Minister during Sarkozy’s term (2007-2012). Since no candidate reached a simple majority during today’s round, Fillon will face another former Prime Minister, … Read more…