Mark Deen and John Follain, Bloomberg: France Braces for Runoff Between Nationalism and Globalism
* Le Pen needs to overcome voter dislike of National Front
* Emmanuel Macron’s challenge is his past, plus globalization
In the coming two weeks of the French campaign, Marine Le Pen’s challenge is to break through a wall of voter antipathy that she inherited from her father. Emmanuel Macron’s task is to persuade the French he has the gravitas and experience to be president.
The far-right Le Pen and centrist Macron both took just under a quarter of the vote in a contest with 11 candidates. Now they must convince the rest of the population that they have what it takes to lead the country after the May 7 runoff.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- April 24, 2017
Analysis: A Le Pen wins more acceptance than ever in France -- John leicester, AP
The Fall of the French Left -- Samuel Earle, The Atlantic
From France to the U.S., why 'self-made' politicians are winning -- John Lloyd, Reuters
China’s Power Projection -- David Shinn, RCW/Jamestown
Why China's New Aircraft Carrier Should Worry India -- Mihir Sharma, Bloomberg
The Changing Geopolitics of the South Pacific -- Joanne Wallis, The Strategist
U.S. considers deploying troops to Afghanistan in wake of deadly Taliban attack -- Tim Hume, VICE
US carrot and stick approach to North Korea is clumsy but significant -- Simon Tisdall, The Guardian
Why Mattis Versus Kim Jong-Un Will End Badly For All Of Us -- Van Jackson, War On The Rocks
Does Erdogan expect Trump to ditch Syrian Kurds? -- Al-Monitor
Erdogan Leads His Country into the Abyss -- Onur Burçak Belli and Maximilian Popp, Spiegel
How Venezuela’s Revolutionary Dream Descended Into Chaos -- Ryan Brading, The Conversation
Trump's Unnecessary Trade War with China -- Yukon Huang & David Stack. National Interest
President Trump To Host Unusual Meeting With UN Security Council -- Andrea Mitchell, NBC