Europe’s shifting politics

Merkel’s CSU suffers in the Bavarian elections, an unpopular Macron completes a drawn-out cabinet reshuffle, and Italy’s budget troubles the EU. Here’s the best of this week’s opinion and analysis


The real winners in the regional election are the Greens and Alternative for Germany

French president’s ‘neither left nor right’ vision has yet to materialise

It has been left up to financial markets to act as a dam against irresponsible policies

Anglophone social media is abuzz with insights into the country’s political dynamics

The CSU’s heavy losses in Bavaria speak to political fragmentation

But the French president still faces big challenges, especially on public spending

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