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Will there be a nationalist surge in the European Parliament election?

Will there be a nationalist surge in the European Parliament election?

I doubt that. They are clearly present in the political systems of practically all European countries. They will do fairly well in some cases, somewhat less well in some cases. I think the great success they might have is in Italy. The Lega Nord of deputy prime minister Salvini I think they're going to do badly, fairly badly in Germany, which is important then it remains to be seen what happens in France. The contest between Macron and LePen and Britain will be its own particular mess.

Will Theresa May's latest maneuver break the deadlock on Brexit?

I think that unfortunately is somewhat unlikely. She would make the fourth attempt to get the agreement through the House of Commons in the beginning of June. But at the moment it doesn't look like it's going nowhere. And that applies to the future of her prime ministership as well.

Can Pompeo build a European coalition against Iran?

Will Pompeo manage to build a European coalition against Iran?

Well, that depends. Certainly not on the issue of the nuclear deal. The Europeans are solidly behind it. To go back on the efforts that have been undertaken over decades to take back Iran from the nuclear brink would be exceedingly foolish. And then there is a lot of worries here in town that the escalatory rhetoric from the US, and from Tehran, will increase the likelihood of the region, which is really rather combustible at the moment, stumbling into a war that no one should really want.

Who will win the Eurovision contest in Tel Aviv?

I haven't the faintest idea. But I guess that the Icelanders would get all the publicity.

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Will the Arctic Council be able to agree on protection of that very sensitive environment up there?

Well, there's been a meeting of the Arctic Council in Rovaniemi in Finland. And for the first time it has failed to agree on a common declaration. And that is because the US refused any mention, any mention whatsoever, of climate change. That's a setback, no question about that, but let's hope that the participating states can agree on other measures to safeguard a better development of that very fragile part of our world.

How will President Macron and his party do in the European Parliamentary elections?

Well, looks somewhat more problematic if we look at the latest opinion polls. He has been having good momentum, but there has been more momentum for the nationalist forces in the last few weeks. We'll just have to wait and see.

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What are going to be the dominant issues in the European Parliament elections towards the end of May?

Well, difficult to say because it's going to be really 27 or 28 [countries]. We don't know about the UK. Different elections with somewhat different national agendas, but economy in some countries. But then a lot of immigration and concern about security are also going to be the agenda in some of them.

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What do Spain's election tell us about populism in Europe?

It says that populism is continuing to grow. The VOX party on the far right for the first time breaks through 10%. They are in Parliament, they've got 24 seats, and like so many other countries across Europe that's something that is continuing to grow. Their popularity is mostly in the south, where all of those North African immigrants are coming in.

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