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Will Populism Trump in the Upcoming Elections in Europe?


29 Mar Will Populism Trump in the Upcoming Elections in Europe?

If the outcome of the UK referendum vote for Brexit and the election of Trump were sadly the defining moments in 2016, what would be the events to watch in 2017? The elections in France? The elections in Germany?

With the election of Trump, the possibility of Marine Le Pen being elected president of France is no longer impossible. While polls (if you still believe in them) show that Marine Le Pen will not break the proverbial 50% ceiling in the second round of the presidential election, and that democratic and liberal forces will probably coalesce behind Emmanuel Macron, the centre left candidate, nothing can be taken for granted.

There are observers in Europe who believed that populism and euroskepticism have reached its peak, and that there are signs that they are losing steam. Polls (again) for instance have shown that support for the European Union have gone up after Brexit, and that a pro-European politician, former president of the European Parliament, Martin Schultz who is running against Angela Merkel has been gaining support. The German elections in September will be closely watched.

This evening dialogue, co-hosted by the EU Centre in Singapore, features views from Mr Jonas Condomines who has worked for years on the interaction between public opinion and politics in a multinational and multicultural environment, both in academia and think tanks for his talk on the upcoming elections in France and Germany. His talk will attempt to clarify the issues, assess the reality and size of the challenges brought about by populist parties and politicians and offer some perspectives on what can be expected.

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, 29th March 2017
Time:  5:30pm – 7:00pm (Registration at 5:30pm; Talk begins at 6pm)

Venue: Singapore Institute of International Affairs
60A Orchard Road #04-03 (Level 4M) Tower 1
The Atrium @Orchard, International Involvement Hub
Singapore 238890

*Event is by invitation only.

 About the Speaker

Mr. Jonas Condomines
Former Head of the Asia, Australia and New Zealand Unit of the European Parliament.

From 2005 to 2010, Jonas Condomines was Principal Advisor and Head of the Political and Institutional Affairs section of the Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA), the in-house think-tank that reports directly to the President of the European Commission. For the last five years, he was the Head of the Asia, Australia & New Zealand Unit of the European Parliament (2011-2016). He joined the European Union civil service in 1986 and has held a number of positions in Luxembourg, Brussels and Geneva and in a number of occasion has been member of the private offices of senior political office holders.

Jonas Condomines holds Master Degrees in Political Science and in European Studies from the University of Geneva (Switzerland). From 1981 to 1986, he taught Methodology in Political Science, Comparative Politics and Electoral behaviour. He has worked in the Spanish Parliament and for the International Labour Office (ILO), the Inter-Parliamentary Union and the European Social and Economic Committee. He was a founding partner of “Action Consultants”, specialised in electoral research. He has published some academic articles and chapters in collective books on transitions to democracy, electoral processes, political elites and European Union institutional issues.

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