Macron consolidates lead over Le Pen in French election polls | Reuters

Centrist Emmanuel Macron saw his position as favorite to win France’s presidential election boosted on Thursday in two polls, with one showing him ahead of far-right leader Marine Le Pen in the first round of the two-stage contest.

A monthly Cevipof survey, seen as the most authoritative because it has a far bigger sample size than most polls, put Le Pen well ahead in the April 23 first round though Macron was seen easily beating her in a May 7 runoff.

However, a Harris Interactive poll showed Macron winning the first round with 26 percent of votes, with Le Pen taking second place on 25 percent, setting him up to trounce her in the run-off with a score of 65 percent.

It was the second poll in the space of a week that put the 39-year-old ahead of Le Pen in the opening round, a signal that the centrist former economy minister may be consolidating his position 45 days from the first stage of the contest

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“Merkel′s conservatives under pressure to allow gay marriage” | DW.COM

 

Marriage equality is legal in 22 countries, including Argentina, South Africa and the United States. Germany is not one of them. But now members of the junior governing Social Democratic Party (SPD) are pushing to change that. They are calling on their coalition partners, the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and Christian Social Union (CSU), to go along with a change of law that would grant same-sex couples the right to get married and not just obtain civil unions.

Thomas Oppermann, the head of the SPD in parliament, said he planned to put marriage equality on the agenda for the next coalition meeting of the SPD, CDU and CSU.

“Everyone’s talking about preserving our values these days. That shouldn’t just be a talking point in grant speeches, but rather a part of actual policies,” Oppermann told the newsmagazine Der Spiegel. “Among these values are not only the protection of marriage and family, but also equal rights for different kinds of relationships.”

Source: DW.COM 

“Schulz’s SPD ahead of Merkel’s CDU in third poll” – POLITICO

Center-left party records best DeutschlandTrend result in a decade.

German’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has overtaken the conservative Christian-Democrat CDU for the first time in ten years in the DeutschlandTrend poll published by broadcaster ARD Friday.

The survey indicated the SPD, which picked former European Parliament President Martin Schulz as its candidate for chancellor in the September 24 vote, would win 32 percent of the vote if elections were held today, just ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU on 31 percent.

Source: – POLITICO