Macron faces a second term filled with enormous challenges, but his margin for maneuver is limited by political realities at home and in Europe.
Insight: As Challenges Mount, Can Europe Correct Its Course?
The liberal European order has been under attack from within and without in recent years. The EU became a convenient punching bag for opportunistic politicians in many of its member countries, and although the populist wave that once seemed like an existential threat to the union has since subsided, vestiges of it remain. The work to rebuild trans-Atlantic ties with the US under President Biden has begun, even as Russia's attempts to destabilize the European order have not abated.