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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

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      Broadband and international air links make possible new careers Perfume industry thr...
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    1. 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...

    2. 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...

    3. 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...

    4. 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...

    5. 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...

    6. 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,...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. June 24, 2014

      Le Pen fails to form EU political group

      France’s far right National Front has suffered a severe setback less than a month after surging to victory in the European...

    17. June 18, 2014

      Farage forms European bloc and secures funds of €14m

      Nigel Farage has secured up to €14m of EU taxpayers funding after the UK Independence party leader won enough allies in the...

    18. June 9, 2014

      Marine Le Pen in dispute with father over anti-Semitism allegations

      A dispute over an apparent allusion to Nazi gas chambers has caused a public split between Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s...

    19. June 1, 2014

      Tony Blair to call for EU reform after election ‘wake-up’

      Tony Blair will on Monday call for Europe to reform itself after election victories for anti-EU parties across the continent...

    20. May 30, 2014

      European elections: Conscious uncoupling

      The languages were French and English, but on Sunday night it was one note of jubilant defiance that a duet of...

    21. May 28, 2014

      Berlin watches France’s eurosceptic upheaval with despair

      The victory of the far-right National Front (FN) in the French elections for the European Parliament is almost as much of a...

    22. May 28, 2014

      French police dismantle migrant camps in Calais

      Migrant camp dismantled French police backed by bulldozers moved on Wednesday to dismantle makeshift camps in the northern...

    23. May 27, 2014

      Fight on to be Brussels’ top eurosceptic

      Having trumped the political establishment in the UK and France in Sunday’s European elections, Nigel Farage and Marine Le...

    24. May 27, 2014

      Another funding scandal rocks Nicolas Sarkozy’s UMP party

      France’s centre-right UMP party has become embroiled in a fresh scandal over alleged illegal funding of former president...

    25. May 26, 2014

      Germany’s AfD offers talks with Tories

      Germany’s anti-euro party, Alternative für Deutschland, has pledged to try to co-operate with the British Tories and other...

    26. May 26, 2014

      Stark warning from Europe’s voters

      After five years of economic crisis, the 2014 elections to the European Parliament were always expected to produce victories...

    27. May 26, 2014

      Marine Le Pen sets her sights on France’s Elysée Palace

      It was no coincidence that Marine Le Pen celebrated the stunning victory won by her far-right National Front party in...

    28. The A-List

      May 26, 2014

      Time to grasp the nettle of European reform

      Mainstream politicians throughout Europe would be well advised to heed the warnings of Manuel Valls, the French prime...

    29. The World

      May 25, 2014

      An earthquake in Europe – but with limited damage

      No doubt about it, Sunday’s European parliament elections have produced a political tremblement de terre – an earthquake –...

    30. May 25, 2014

      Germany’s anti-euro parties gain ground but centre still holds

      Germany’s anti-euro party, Alternative für Deutschland, has established itself on the European stage by winning an expected...

    31. May 25, 2014

      Le Pen’s ‘earthquake’ to shake the EU and France

      The words “shock”, “earthquake” and “historic” flew around Paris on Sunday night as news broke that Marine Le Pen’s National...

    32. May 25, 2014

      Eurosceptics storm Brussels

      France’s far-right Front National stormed to victory in European elections on Sunday night, leading an unprecedented surge...

    33. May 22, 2014

      Sarkozy calls for EU shake-up to fend off populist threat

      Nicolas Sarkozy, the former French president, has made a last minute entry into the campaign for Sunday’s European...

    34. The World

      May 21, 2014

      Le Pen senior weighs into election with Ebola jibe

      Four days away from potentially her biggest election victory, Marine Le Pen (above) has had a sharp reminder of the biggest...

    35. May 14, 2014

      Victory for Le Pen will impose a heavy cost on Europe

      Could Marine Le Pen’s far-right National Front beat all other French political parties in this month’s European elections?...

    36. May 13, 2014

      Marine Le Pen hits out at Nigel Farage

      Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front, has launched an outspoken attack on Nigel Farage for labelling her party...

    37. May 8, 2014

      Italy’s Beppe Grillo battles to sustain anti-establishment message

      Beppe Grillo, the crowd-pulling leader of Italy’s protest Five Star Movement, revels in his black humour and rouses...

    38. May 4, 2014

      Manuel Valls urges French voters to ‘fight the extremes’

      Manuel Valls, France’s new prime minister, has promised to lead a campaign against the far right in this month’s European...

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