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  1. September 9, 2014

    Europe has to do whatever it takes

    In the second quarter of this year, real domestic demand in the eurozone was 5 per cent lower than in the first quarter of...

  2. 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...

  1. September 4, 2014

    France links Russian warship delivery to Ukraine peace deal

    France has stressed it could resume the suspended supply of a warship to Russia within weeks if Moscow backs moves to...

  2. 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...

  3. August 15, 2014

    The fuse under the Fifth Republic

    France’s national crisis expresses itself in multiple ways. It is about poor economic growth, rising public debt and high...

  4. August 15, 2014

    Anti-Semitic attacks rise in France as Gaza conflict stirs tensions

    When Jewish and Pro-Palestinian youths clashed last month outside a Parisian synagogue on the fringe of an otherwise...

  5. July 4, 2014

    Nicolas Sarkozy’s noisy return will drown out voices of progress

    Late at night in Paris this week, at the terrace of a buzzing café, I overheard a group of a dozen youngsters passionately...

  6. June 11, 2014

    France’s opposition infighting opens way for far right

    Plagued by chronic infighting, wracked by financial scandal and transfixed by the prospect of a comeback by its former...

  7. 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...

  8. June 2, 2014

    Brussels casts doubt on France’s deficit reduction strategy

    Brussels has called into question whether the French government’s economic plan can bring the country’s deficit back into...

  9. May 29, 2014

    A diminished France could spell the end for Europe

    The real earthquake was the fall of the Berlin Wall. A quarter of a century later Europe is still buffeted by the...

  10. Brussels Blog

    May 28, 2014

    The day the populists came to town

    Beppe Grillo arrives at a polling station near Genoa during last week's election The only more interesting political...

  11. 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...

  12. May 26, 2014

    Round-up: Euro election fallout

    Populist parties will make up at least 30 per cent of the new European Parliament after a storming performance at the polls...

  13. 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...

  14. May 26, 2014

    Ukip and Front National lead populist earthquake

    The UK Independence party and France’s far-right Front National stormed to victory in European elections on Sunday night, as...

  15. 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...

  16. The World

    May 25, 2014

    Reading the far-right showing in Ukraine and France

    For months, the Russian government has been proclaiming that “fascists” have taken over Ukraine. Now we have some exit...

  17. 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...

  18. May 24, 2014

    Belgium and France tighten security after Jewish Museum shooting

    Belgian and French authorities have tightened security at Jewish sites after what officials said appeared to be an...

  19. 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...

  20. May 19, 2014

    Wilders says he has already won power – even before EU election

    Geert Wilders, the leader of the Netherlands’ Freedom party, claimed he had already succeeded at reshaping his nation’s...

  21. May 19, 2014

    Europe has lost the ability to shape its neighbours

    In America, they have Super Tuesday. Europe is about to have a Super Sunday, with elections for the European Parliament...

  22. beyondbrics

    May 19, 2014

    Guest post: Viktor Orbán's own brand of euroscepticism

    By Csaba Tóth of the Republikon Institute Eurosceptic parties will make big gains in this week’s European parliamentary...

  23. May 18, 2014

    France’s National Front: New frontiers

    Dressed in blue jeans and a navy blazer, a scarf looped casually round his neck, David Rachline is all smiles as he ushers a...

  24. 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...

  25. May 11, 2014

    David Cameron’s European Parliament group fights for survival

    The British-dominated alliance of MEPs that David Cameron created in the European Parliament is fighting for survival, as...

  26. April 18, 2014

    A populism spurned by the downturn’s discontents

    Political backlash usually follows economic crisis. Everyone knows how the Great Depression fuelled support for extremists...

  27. March 24, 2014

    The dangerous rise of Marine Le Pen

    Twelve years ago Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front, stunned the French political...

  28. March 24, 2014

    Mainstream French parties split over how to fight far right

    France’s mainstream political parties are at loggerheads over how to react to surging support for the far right as an...

  29. The A-List

    March 24, 2014

    French alienation, abstention and National Front success

    The English Channel narrowed a little overnight. The French woke up this morning to discover that they have been afflicted...

  30. March 23, 2014

    Hollande hit by National Front vote in municipal elections

    France’s far-right National Front (FN) stunned President François Hollande’s socialist government in nationwide municipal...

  31. March 19, 2014

    National Front aims for breakthrough in France’s local elections

    Francis Mouche, candidate for mayor for the far-right National Front in a town close to the southwestern French city of...

  32. February 14, 2014

    Europe’s far-right parties seek Swiss-style immigration curbs

    At least a half-dozen far-right European populist parties, some of them leading in national polling, have seized on last...

  33. January 9, 2014

    Marine Le Pen vows to block further EU integration

    Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front (FN), has promised that nationalist parties will do “the maximum”...

  34. November 22, 2013

    France: The people see red

    In 1675 a popular revolt exploded in Brittany, the rugged north western region of France that juts into the Atlantic Ocean....

  35. The World

    November 18, 2013

    Smart reads November 18, 2013

    By Luisa Frey ♦ The Indonesian province of Aceh, devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004, has become a model for...

  36. November 14, 2013

    Europe’s far right prepares for battle

    Next May, some 390m people will be eligible to vote in elections for the European parliament. The most vexed question at...

  37. November 13, 2013

    Wilders and Le Pen join forces against Brussels

    Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders, two of Europe’s best-known far-right leaders, vowed to fight side by side in a coalition of...

  38. November 13, 2013

    Racist portrayal of French minister sparks outrage

    France’s increasingly assertive extreme right has provoked new outrage with the publication on Wednesday of a magazine cover...

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