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Editors: Sławomir Dębski (PISM Director), Bartosz Wiśniewski (Head of Research Office), Rafał Tarnogórski (Managing Editor), Karolina Borońska-Hryniewiecka, Anna Maria Dyner, Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk, Sebastian Płóciennik, Patrycja Sasnal, Justyna Szczudlik, Marcin Terlikowski, Tomasz Żornaczuk

24 April 2017
no. 6/2017
PISM Spotlight: Macron Leads in French Presidential Election
Emmanuel Macron won the first round of the French presidential election, gaining 23.86% of the vote. In the second round, he will face Marine Le Pen, the leader of the National Front party (21.43%). With a surprisingly high electoral turnout (76.2%), conservative candidate François Fillon took 19.9% of vote, and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon got 19.6%. Only the top two go through to the second round.

Łukasz Jurczyszyn
21 April 2017
no. 5/2017
PISM Spotlight: ICJ Order on Provisional Measures against Russia
On 19 April, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered its first Order in a case submitted by Ukraine concerning the application of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination.

Rafał Tarnogórski
20 April 2017
no. 4/2017
PISM Spotlight: UK Snap General Election
On 18 April, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced a snap parliamentary election and a day later, the House of Commons approved the proposal. The British go to the polls on 8 June.

Jolanta Szymańska
18 April 2017
no. 3/2017
PISM Spotlight: Constitutional Referendum in Turkey
On 16 April, Turks in favour of a constitutional change to a strong-president system carried 51.4% of the announced vote. The opposition is demanding the annulment of the referendum result, claiming it was rigged.

Karol Wasilewski
11 April 2017
no. 2/2017
PISM Spotlight: Increasing Support for the Far-Left Candidate in the Presidential Election in France

According to the latest polls, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the far-left candidate of the party Unsubmissive France (La France insoumise), has a chance of reaching the second round of the elections, where he would face either far-right candidate Marine Le Pen or more centrist Emmanuel Macron. Mélenchon recorded the largest increase in support in the period, from 12% to 18% in one month.

Łukasz Jurczyszyn
07 April 2017
no. 1/2017
PISM Spotlight: The U.S. Strike on the Syrian Base in Al-Shayrat
On 7 April, the United States attacked the Syrian air base in Al-Shayrat. Fifty-nine Tomahawk cruise missiles targeted military installations presumably used in the chemical attack on Khan Shaykhoun on 4 April.

Patrycja Sasnal


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