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Europe in political crisis: Macron dissolves parliament amid wave of far-right forces G7 summit updates

In this episode, The Hindu’s Sriram Lakshman provides a comprehensive update on recent European political events and international summits. Europe is in political turmoil following the recent European Parliament elections. French President Emmanuel Macron dissolved the French National Assembly on June 9 due to disappointing party election results. The bold move came as far-right factions such as Marine Le Pen’s National Rally made significant gains, while the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) won the most seats, with 189.

Macron’s decision to dissolve Congress is a bold move aimed at breaking the current political deadlock. At the center of the political drama is 28-year-old national rally leader Jordan Bardella, who would become a potential prime minister if his party wins a majority. Baldera’s focus on issues such as the cost of living, employment and French identity resonated with many voters.

Key issues at the G7 summit in Italy include a proposed $50 billion loan to Ukraine, funded by frozen Russian assets, as well as discussions on the Israel-Hamas conflict, the Indo-Pacific region and African migration. The global significance of the summit was underlined by the presence of Prime Minister Modi along with the leaders of Brazil, Argentina and Saudi Arabia.

Following the G7, the Ukraine peace summit in Bürgenstock, Switzerland, will bring together nearly 90 countries, with countries such as Russia, China and Brazil absent. The summit aims to formulate a road map for peace and resolve Ukraine’s nuclear security, food security and humanitarian assistance issues. The United States will be represented by Vice President Kamala Harris and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan.

Despite ongoing tensions with Canada over the killing of Khalistani separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, India’s participation in these international events is crucial. The recent vandalism of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi near the summit venue highlighted the strained relations.

As Europe navigates these turbulent political waters, the outcomes of these elections and summits will undoubtedly shape the future of the continent.

Promotional meeting: Sriram Lakshman

Production: Shikhar Kumari A

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