Just in case you missed it, Europe held elections last weekend. For the European Parliament located in Bruxelles, Belgium. It's a bloated affair with over 500 delegates from all European Union nations, who in the end really have no executive powers. These lay with the European commission, a much smaller body.
Quite frankly, I have not yet fully understood how it all works in Europe, there seems a third body, the European Council. I will read up on it to be better informed for sure.
The result that gets biggest headlines obviously, is that 25% of all voters who went to the polls in France, gave their vote to Marine Le Pen, the current leader of Front National. The FN is at the fairly right spectrum of politics, though Le Pen has toned down her father's racist rhetoric quite a bit, but nobody really knows what's going on behind their closed doors.
Charismatic, telegenic and of course a very populist approach to topics that seem to matter inside France, Le Pen hit a home run. The hapless Socialists around Hollande received less than 15% of the votes. Outch.
Now. With the next general election in France an eternity of three years out, people start to wonder if Hollande will be a sitting duck from now on. He will be pummeled from every direction going forward and just maybe the socialists have to resign and call early elections. Exciting times. Jean Francois Copé already stepping down from leading the UMP, paving the way for a possible comeback for Sarkozy, who stands a better chance to beat down Le Pen on her own turf.