EU Confidential #158: French and Polish elections — Germany’s EU mission — Transport Commissioner A…

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The podcast crew marks your political calendar with previews of elections in France and Poland as well as Germany’s presidency of the EU Council. Rym Momtaz in Paris looks ahead to Sunday’s second round of French local elections and discusses the stakes for President Emmanuel Macron. Zosia Wanat gives us the lowdown on Polish President Andrzej Duda’s re-election bid, hot on the heels of his visit to the White House, and brings us some audio treats from the campaign.

From Berlin, Matthew Karnitschnig sets out Germany’s aims as it takes over the EU’s rotating presidency on July 1, seeking deals on the bloc’s recovery fund and long-term budget as well as on future relations with the U.K.

The EU’s Transport Commissioner Adina Vălean is our special guest, interviewed by POLITICO mobility reporters Joshua Posaner and Hanne Cokelaere. Vălean has been at the forefront of some big coronavirus battles in Brussels lately, including over whether customers should get vouchers or refunds for canceled flights. Vălean also reveals how she had to change her mindset when she became a commissioner after many years as a member of the European Parliament.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the twins — they’re here.

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