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In this report

With elections to the European Parliament in the offing, the mainstream parties are under pressure even though the economic outlook for the eurozone is improving

A political narrative framed by frustration

Despite better prospects for the eurozone, big gains are expected for populist anti-EU parties in this month’s elections

Fresh powers add spice to election battle

The new MEPs will be keen to nominate the next commission leader

Tony Barber

Elites face big task regaining voters’ trust

Citizens have learnt from the mismanagement of Europe’s monetary union not to trust politicians and technocrats, writes Tony Barber

People carry a giant EU flag on November 24, 2013 during a rally in Kiev
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Ukraine crisis tests foreign policy limits

Expectations often exceed what is possible as powerful member states have differing priorities

A worker polishes a BMW car at the company's plant in Regensburg, southern Germany
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Optimism as data show return to growth

PMI figures confirm a recovery has begun but jobs and disinflation remain concerns

Politics fuels anxieties over trade talks

Business groups fret that the two sides are digging in on transatlantic pact

Banking union: Foundations laid but bricks still to fall in place

The new structures have yet to show they can live up to billing

Demographics at odds with migration policies, as opposition rises

The issues raised by a shrinking workforce will not go away

Social welfare reforms stretch holes in official safety nets

Governments are taking action to cut costs but sensitivities run deep

New emissions target put wind up green sector

One-size-fits-all approach will not encourage necessary investment