Pawel Swidlicki is an independent analyst specializing in the European Union. He focuses on issues ranging from UK-EU relations and UK, German and Polish domestic politics to the refugee and migration crisis. Swidlicki was previously a policy analyst at the Open Europe think tank. The opinions expressed here belong to the author.
(CNN)Theresa May's surprise election announcement comes days before French voters head to the polls in the first round of a presidential election that could have huge implications for the future of the Europe Union.