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    1. April 13, 2015

      Nordic dilemma over how much to include the populist parties

      Populist parties have shaken the political elite across Europe. But as groups such as the Finns, France’s National Front or...

    2. April 13, 2015

      National Front’s Jean-Marie Le Pen gives in to daughter’s demands

      National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen has given in to demands from his daughter and party leader Marine Le Pen to step...

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    1. April 10, 2015

      France’s Le Pen political dynasty shows signs of crumbling

      As recently as last year, the different generations of the Le Pen family would have long discussions in the gardens of the...

    2. April 8, 2015

      Marine Le Pen takes steps to oust father from National Front

      Marine Le Pen has taken steps to oust her father Jean-Marie from the party he founded, as the head of France’s far-right...

    3. March 30, 2015

      Poll defeat highlights splits in François Hollande’s Socialists

      François Hollande’s reform drive may at last be starting to yield economic results and earning goodwill abroad. But the...

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      March 27, 2015

      Guest post: far more Europeans join separatists in Donbas than Isis in Syria

      By Taras Kuzio of the University of Alberta This week, St Petersburg hosted a bizarre gathering organized by the Rodina...

    5. March 22, 2015

      To Russia with love, from Europe’s far-right fringe

      Russians have grown accustomed over the past year to hearing, through local media, of the disdain of western leaders towards...

    6. March 20, 2015

      FN pushes on as French Socialists struggle to stem swing to right

      Darida Belaïdi takes a break in the sun after a morning canvassing the poor immigrant suburbs of Avignon, a world away from...

    7. The World

      March 16, 2015

      When footballers become a political football

      When Zlatan Ibrahimovic was caught on camera calling France a “shitty country” as he ranted against a match official after...

    8. March 11, 2015

      After Charlie Hebdo, a blurring of fiction and fact

      Nagib Azergui is a victim of mistaken identity. His case would be easily fixed if he were mixed up with a lookalike. But the...

    9. March 10, 2015

      National Front in France faces EU probe

      France’s far right National Front (FN) is facing an anti-corruption probe over allegations it fraudulently funnelled money...

    10. March 8, 2015

      Manuel Valls sounds alarm over rise of France’s National Front

      Manuel Valls has warned that National Front leader Marine Le Pen could win the presidential election in two years, as he...

    11. March 6, 2015

      The rising menace of France’s National Front

      Two months after millions of French people mounted a mass demonstration of national unity in horrified reaction to the...

    12. March 5, 2015

      Marine Le Pen lays out radical vision to govern France

      She calls for the collapse of the EU and talks about nationalising banks. She sees the US as a purveyor of dangerous...

    13. February 9, 2015

      Socialists win French by-election but National Front gain ground

      The surge in support for France’s far right National Front in a by-election in eastern France has overshadowed the narrow...

    14. February 2, 2015

      Socialists’ surprise showing creates dilemma for Sarkozy

      The unexpected presence of the Socialist Party in the second round of a French parliamentary by-election has rekindled hopes...

    15. January 30, 2015

      French solidarity faces by-election test

      A parliamentary by-election in eastern France will test the spirit of solidarity that enveloped the nation after this...

    16. January 30, 2015

      European democracy enters dangerous times

      Until last week European leaders thought their worst nightmare was that Syriza should triumph in the Greek general...

    17. January 22, 2015

      After Charlie, an opening for Le Pen

      Marine Le Pen thinks careful language is the route to power. Jean-Marie Le Pen, her predecessor as leader of France’s...

    18. January 19, 2015

      Le Pen criticises ‘20 years of mistakes’ on immigration

      Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, ended two weeks of restraint on the terror attacks that left 17...

    19. January 8, 2015

      Europe’s resurgent far-right seeks to capitalise on Paris terror

      Germany’s nascent anti-Islamisation movement has called on sympathisers to wear black arms bands at its next rally to mourn...

    20. January 7, 2015

      Charlie Hebdo: Killings follow official warnings of attacks

      French authorities have been dreading — and warning of — a big terrorist attack on home soil for months, their concerns...

    21. January 4, 2015

      France’s far-right National Front seeks voters from the left

      When France’s National Front last year notched up its biggest local-election victory in almost a generation, it raised a...

    22. December 14, 2014

      ‘The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind’, by Jason Weeden and Robert Kurzban

      In What’s The Matter With Kansas? , Thomas Frank found the ghost of Friedrich Engels haunting the Great Plains. The author...

    23. December 3, 2014

      Sarkozy returns to the fray but he lacks Abe’s arrows

      From a distance, it may appear that the French mainstream right is on the road to political and organisational unity with...

    24. December 2, 2014

      Italy’s new political star: Northern League leader Matteo Salvini

      A youthful Italian politician is making waves by promising to upend the status quo. It is not Matteo Renzi, the prime...

    25. The World

      November 30, 2014

      Sarkozy, the presidency and the threat from Le Pen

      Nicolas Sarkozy is back as leader of France’s centre-right UMP party. The stage is set for him to run for the presidency in...

    26. November 28, 2014

      France’s UMP party stumbles in its search for direction

      Nathan Rubens trudged along the damp streets of his native Lille in northern France one evening this week to attend a small...

    27. November 24, 2014

      EU populist parties call on Juncker to go

      Three of Europe’s largest populist parties have called on Jean-Claude Juncker to resign as president of the European...

    28. November 10, 2014

      Alleged Sarkozy plot rocks French political establishment

      Leading figures from France’s two traditional parties have been enmeshed in a fresh political scandal involving former...

    29. November 4, 2014

      Notebook: French parties by any other name will smell no sweeter

      When you start life with a bad name, it makes sense to change it. You may not love “Google”. But it is better than BackRub,...

    30. October 29, 2014

      The French far-right mayor, the pig fest and the halal butcher

      You’ve probably never heard of Hayange. It’s a town in France’s northeastern steel belt that has fallen on hard times. The...

    31. October 5, 2014

      European parliament kicks back against commission’s nominees

      While pitching to be Europe’s digital chief, Germany’s Günther Oettinger insulted Hollywood victims of hacking for being...

    32. September 22, 2014

      The strange revival of nationalism in global politics

      In 1990 Kenichi Ohmae, a management consultant, published a book called The Borderless World, whose title captured the...

    33. September 21, 2014

      Sarkozy pledges to win voters back from French far-right

      Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday night vowed to wrest votes back from France’s far-right National Front party “one by one” and to...

    34. September 21, 2014

      Scotland’s No echoes Europe’s Yes to grand coalitions

      The union is saved. Alex Salmond, Scotland’s nationalist first minister, has resigned. All the ink spilled on the benefits...

    35. September 16, 2014

      European democracy must keep rightwing populism at bay

      In Europe it is hard to find two more solid democracies and flourishing economies than Sweden and Germany. Yet the strong...

    36. The World

      September 5, 2014

      France's problems, viewed from a village

      For the past twenty years, I’ve spent every summer in the same village in South-West France. It is a beautiful place which...

    37. August 29, 2014

      France: Rock bottom

      A desolate image broadcast live this week to a French public that has all but despaired of his presidency summed up the...

    38. July 31, 2014

      Marine Le Pen takes poll lead in race for next French presidential election

      The growing threat to France’s mainstream political leaders posed by Marine Le Pen, head of France’s far-right National...

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