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Share this chart Editor's Remarks: Our readers’ views more or less reflect the mood in the UK at the moment. Theresa May is now forming a minority government, as opposed to the strong majority that she had hoped to win and many had come to expect. As such, her hand will be severely weakened in the upcoming Brexit negotiations. In contrast to last year’s Brexit referendum, 72% of 18-24 year-olds turned up to vote and they are presumed to have overwhelmingly voted for Jeremy Corbyn. Strangely, many of these voters will have voted Labour to oppose the Conservatives’ hard Brexit agenda des

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Share this chart Editor's Remarks: Theresa May’s decision to call a snap election to strengthen her hand ahead of the Brexit negotiations has almost totally backfired. Instead of winning by a predicted landslide - an eventuality our readers appear to also have expected - the Tories are almost certain to lose their overall majority in the House of Commons with what is likely to become a hung parliament. Amidst uncertainty, the pound fell by 1.5% against the dollar and 1% against the euro. In reality, the prospect of Corbyn as Prime Minister is slim. Despite their lost seats, the Tories

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Share this chart Editor's Remarks: Today the British electorate heads off to the ballot box for a third time in as many years. This time around, voters are being asked to determine who should lead the country through the very tough Brexit negotiations set to begin in just 12 days time. When Theresa May unexpectedly called the snap election back in April, the Conservative Party was riding high in the polls and there was a strong expectation that her government would be returned with a working majority greater than the 17 seats she had in the last parliament. Confidence in this prediction

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Share this chart Editor's Remarks: Looking at the difference between the number of votes received by the two candidates in France’s presidential race, Emmanuel Macron clearly came out well on top of Marine Le Pen - but this is only part of the story. Of the 48 million registered voters in France, only 44% picked Macron to Le Pen’s 22%. Turnout is never 100%, of course, but this election saw one of the lowest rates since the 90s, with 12.1 million not voting. A more deafening silence came from the 4.1 million who posted a blank or spoiled ballot. Who are these 16 million disaffected? Abou

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Share this chart Editor's Remarks: For the first time in the Fifth Republic’s 59-year history, France must choose between candidates from outside the mainstream Socialist and Republican parties (though Marine Le Pen has built on years of steady growth in the far-right National Front’s support, and Emmanuel Macron came out of Francois Hollande’s Socialist government and a classic career path through France’s political class). Several major polls put centrist Macron comfortably ahead of his rival, ranging from a 21% lead to a 30% lead depending on the poll. Europe’s financial marke

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Share this chart Editor's Remarks: UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to call an early general election came as a surprise to many, sending markets and pundits scrambling, but her party has little to be shocked about if current polling is anything to go by. An average of the most recent polls from YouGov, ICM, Opinium and Ipsos MORI puts the Conservatives 15% clear of their Labour opposition, with most-cited YouGov putting this lead at 21%. The reasons are many. In particular, May is happy to capitalise on the Labour Party’s weakness - but with the opposition posed by its unpopular

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Share this chart Editor's Remarks: Of all the administrations in American history, Donald Trump’s is thought to top the list when it comes to wealth. The ten richest people in Team Trump command assets worth almost $2.1bn between them - and that’s according to just the lower bounds of the range of estimates given for each official by financial disclosure filings, meaning the real number could be a lot more. President Trump’s wealth dwarfs even their combined assets, though, with an estimated net worth of $3.5bn, as well as that of the second-richest US President after him, John F Kenne

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Share this chart Editor's Remarks: Public opinion of Donald Trump has hit a new low, with just 37% of Americans surveyed approving of the job he’s doing as President. Past presidents have seen worse, though never this soon into their term: Bill Clinton, for example, had sunk to 37% by June, whereas Trump’s rating is the worst of any president in recorded history at this point into their first term. Though President Trump was creeping back to a neutral opinion in the public, the last couple of weeks has seen a major double blow. On the one hand, his bill to replace Obamacare has become mi

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Share this chart Editor's Remarks: The race for the French Presidency has narrowed according to the latest polls which put Front National (FN) leader Marine Le Pen in a strengthened position going into the first round of voting. If right-wing Le Pen makes it through to the run-off, as part of France's two-staged presidential electoral system, she would likely be decisively defeated by either centre-left independent Emmanuel Macron conservative François Fillon, according to polls which have them 16% and 12% clear respectively in that scenario. However, her increase from a 27% deficit against

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