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Macron's Renaissance to reveal allies in Strasbourg | EuroActiv - May 10, 2019 |

In addition to parties that are ALDE's natural allies, Renaissance is discussing other formations, including with Italy's Democratic Party, which could also join the group.

Hence, Stanislas Guerini, LREM's executive officer, will be organising a public meeting with Nicola Zingaretti, leader of Italy's Democratic Party, in Turin, Italy, on 12 May.

Compared to the original ambition to bring together all Macronists, this list is relatively modest. One also notes the absence of key countries, such as Germany and Poland.

A Greens/Socialist/Centrist coalition in sight

The new group in the European Parliament may drop the term "liberal" according to Guy Verhofstadt underlined in an interview with Le Figaro. It should rename itself "Renaissance" according to French sources, but the new name will be for the new group to decide. The Parliament's newcomers also hope to rally socialists, greens and the centrist faction of the European People's Party (EPP), Europe's biggest political family which appears to be increasingly leaning to the right.

A LREM official added after this article was published that "the change of name and the coalition talks are not on the agenda before the 26th of may. The priority is the construction of the group".

They want to gather support for the common project proposed in Macron's open letter to Europe from March.

French Macronists eye coup-like raid on Europe's liberals | EuroActiv - April 4, 2019 |

French far-right shows renewed strength in blow for Macron | France24 |

Marine Le Pen's NR won 23.3% of the vote, Macron's centrist La République en Marche (the Republic on the Move) came in second place with 22.1%, and there was a surprise surge for the Green Party, Europe Écologie Les Verts, who scored 13.1%.

The centre-right Les Républicains won 8.4% -- their worst ever showing in an election -- and the French Socialists languished in fifth place at 6.6 %.

by Oui on Mon May 27th, 2019 at 07:42:45 AM EST

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