Central European social democratic parties haven't been so lucky, however, and PvdA's dismal defeat shows the grim future facing the centre-left in multi-party systems. With PvdA set to spend the next parliamentary term away from the action on the backbenches and the French Socialist Party likely to suffer a similar fate in the upcoming presidential and legislative elections, social democracy has collapsed into a deep hole from which it may never be able to escape.
Can the Euro collapse? It is my opinion that it is inevitable that the single currency will break apart. This is not any Eurosceptic wishful thinking, nor do I relish the havoc that this would cause. I do believe, however, that the internal pressures within the Euro are unsolvable and this will lead to its collapse. And it is all down to the bond market.
According to National Geographic Traveler Magazine, spring is one of the best times of the year to visit gorgeous Greece. It is the time of year when you will find magical blooming wildflowers, wonderful weather, great options for hotel accommodations and not too many crowds. You can enjoy exploring this vibrant country comfortably by foot or car, and in March and April the temperature will feel just right.
The media has been criticised for its reporting of the US presidential election campaign and the EU referendum. Several media outlets were accused of biased coverage and excessive focus on personalities rather than policies. Journalists working on these two campaigns have had to determine how to report on politicians' false claims.
With debts cut by a sufficient amount, Greece should then incrementally exit the Euro at a stable rate, probably having a dual currency for a time. Markets do not like shock, and a progressive exit is, for me, the logical and reasonable solution. The alternatives are just too hideous to contemplate.
As I left Westminster Hall, with the chant, 'Macron, Présidente!' ringing in my ears, I proudly grasped my EU flag whilst walking past Parliament, and once again felt what I had felt before last year's setbacks - inspired by politics - inspired by the possibility politics brings, let's all keep our fingers crossed and hope he pulls this off - En Marché !
The history of Syria is not a peaceful one, even before the current civil war, Syria had been ruled by the iron fist of dictators, the people suffering from heavy sectarian violence. Though the land it occupies has been home to people for thousands of years, the country of Syria is less than a century old, and herein lies the key to its bloody history.
Last week, on January 27th, we marked international Holocaust Memorial Day. Together with millions of others around the world, I reflected on the history of unspeakable horrors which were committed when nations and peoples surrendered to xenophobia, nationalist prejudice, and lies. That history has a frightening relevance with regard to current world events.