The French election is over, but the task of building a government and moving France forward has just begun for Emmanuel Macron. With the populism represented by Marine Le Pen rejected, for now, what’s next for France and the EU? Can the newcomer Macron provide the vision for which his country and the European alliance is searching? We asked Wilson Fellow Steven Kramer to help us understand the election and its implications for France just days into the Macron presidency. That’s the focus of this edition of Wilson Center NOW.



Steven Philip Kramer, a Professor of National Security Studies at the Eisenhower School of the National Defense University, is currently a Public Policy Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program. Dr. Kramer served as Policy Advisor to the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1996-2002. He also taught contemporary European history and government at the University of New Mexico and Georgetown University, served as a Council of Foreign Relations Fellow in the U.S. Department of State, and directed the Face to Face program of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Kramer is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including the John J. McCloy Distinguished Fellowship in Residence at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and a fellowship at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University. His books include “Does France still Count: The French Role in the New Europe,” and “Trouble in Paradise? Europe in the 21st Century.”


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.