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Published Date : 2021-12-28
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The French Presidential Election and the Future of Europe

By: Marc Rastoin, SJ

In the end, Emmanuel Macron emerged victorious from the French presidential election, winning the run-off with 66.1 percent of the vote, against the 33.9 percent obtained by his opponent, Marine Le Pen. The new French president won 20,703,631 votes, while the National Front leader received 10,637,183. At over 25 percent, abstention reached its highest level since 1969, while blank or invalid votes reached a record high at 12 percent. While the subsequent June legislative elections are unfolding, it is important...

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Fifty years on from Populorum Progressio: The Fulfillment of its Prophecy

By: Fernando de la Iglesia Viguiristi SJ

The world of Bretton Woods The encyclical Populorum Progressio (PP) was published on March 26th, 1967, just as the decade of the sixties was coming to an end. It was an extraordinary time. After rebuilding the wreckage left after World War II, national economies, especially in Europe, were suddenly and steadily growing. At that point, it was becoming clear how timely the agreements were that had been reached at Bretton Woods (New Hampshire, U.S.A.) to establish a postwar, international economic...

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