Analysis Brief

Sarkozy Delivers the Coup de Grâce

New French President Nicolas Sarkozy hopes his party's striking victory in the first round of parliamentary elections on Sunday will provide a strong mandate to govern and seal his ideological win over the French socialism.

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Getting Past It in Belfast

Northern Ireland’s effort to cement the gains of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement can only succeed if pro-British unionists and separatist Sinn Fein republicans can share power after Wednesday’s vote.

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Serbia’s Fateful Choice

Nationalists won Serbia’s general elections but may not have pulled in enough votes to form a government. Kosovo's final status and the stability of a beleaguered corner of southeastern Europe remain at stake.

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Wary Peace in Indonesia’s Aceh

After three decades of conflict, a peace deal continues to hold in the Indonesian province of Aceh, which held its first direct elections last week. The likely new governor, a former rebel leader, counts poverty and militant Islam among his challenges.

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