New Style: Peculiarities of the 7th State Duma’s Work

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The State Duma is back to work after May holidays. Seven and a half months of hard work are behind, two and a half more are ahead. And that will be the end of the 7th State Duma’s first year of work. It is now too early to sum up the results of the inaugural year of the Russian parliament lower chamber’s work, but some peculiarities and distinctive features can still be figured out.

New French Liberal Cabinet

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Securing a majority constitutes the immediate task at the upcoming parliamentary elections, otherwise the Prime Minister will have to resign. Yet a parliamentary majority looks to be within reach for the centrist president. Just as he destroyed the Socialist Party, Macron is doing his utmost to crush Les Républicains by winning over a number of their parliamentarians. At home, Emmanuel Macron turned out to be a real political assassin. As for foreign policy, it remains to be seen whether he will fail or prevail.

Primakov: Russia Should Help Islamic World Meet Modern Challenges

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President Vladimir Putin delivered a welcome address to the Russia-Islamic World Strategic Vision Group at the opening of its regular session and the 9th International Economic Summit Russia-Islamic World. The telegram is published on the Kremlin’s website. In his interview Evgeny Primakov, a Middle East expert and journalist, announced Russia’s possible steps to assist Muslim countries. When it comes to counterterrorism or counterextremism, Russia, in the first place, can shore up legitimate regimes of the Islamic world:

The victory of President Macron: the “En marche!” movement and next challenges

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On Sunday May 7th, Emmanuel Macron won the second round of the Presidential election by a landslide against Marine Le Pen. His victory is the result of many factors: his ability to mobilize people, create his own party and share a positive message. However, his next steps will face great challenges: who will be his Prime Minister – a man or a woman of confidence who will set the tone for the start of the mandate? And what will be the likely results of the parliamentary elections in June?

France after Presidential Run-Off

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The elections are over and done with, there is a definite air of finality, and the result is as clear as day. Emmanuel Macron, founder of the social-liberal En Marche party, beat the far right’s Marine Le Pen of the National Front by 66.1% to 33.9%.

No carrots, no sticks: Merkel in Sochi

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The meeting between Merkel and Putin in Sochi, her first trip for two years to Russia, was officially described as a bridge building attempt by the Chancellors office. One can only speculate, but the primary motive of Merkel’s visit was to calm the troubled waters ahead of the G20 summit, which will take place in the city of Hamburg in July. So, unsurprisingly, after receiving the requested assurances that Moscow will not use the Hamburg event as a political platform attacking Berlin’s dominant role in the Western sanction regime, but also looks forward to positive results.