French Presidential Elections 2017

Presidential elections took place in France over the course of two rounds in as many weeks, with the first round of voting taking place on Sunday, 23 April 2017.  Outgoing President, François Hollande, had held the Presidency since May 2012, but chose not to stand for re-election.  Voters went to the polls once again in the run-off on Sunday, 7 May,…

60 years on from the Treaty of Rome

60 years ago this Saturday, the leaders of France, Belgium, Luxembourg, West Germany, the Netherlands and Italy gathered in the Palazzo dei Conservatori to sign the Treaty of Rome; it was the Treaty which created the European Economic Community (EEC), which itself paved the way for the European Union (EU).  As they sat in this grandest of locations, surrounded by 16th century frescoes atop the…