In 2017 Macron won the French presidency, with 64% of the vote against the 34% of far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. The extreme centre celebrated his victory as a turning of the tide against the “populist revolution” that brought about Brexit and Trump.

Fast forward to 2022, though, and history is repeating itself. Macron is facing off against Le Pen — but this time, Le Pen actually has a chance of winning. Instead of defeating the far right, Macron’s Establishment policies appear to have fed it.

What should progressives do now: reluctantly support Macron once again? And what does the rise of nationalist, anti-immigration and EU-critical politicians across Europe tell us… about our own failures and how to fight back?

Our panel, including Yanis Varoufakis, Julijana Zita, Erik Edman and more, take on these issues and answer your questions.


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