AfD top candidate Bernd Lucke addressing the media – formed less than six months ago, the Eurosceptic party polled an impressive 4.8 per cent. Phtograph: Reuters

All eyes were on Berlin this week as Europe awaited the outcome of what is widely regarded as the most significant European political event this year.(...)

Former Societe Generale trader Jerome Kerviel is hugged by Jean-Luc Melenchon, the leader of the French far-left Parti de Gauche. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Jérôme Kerviel, the rogue trader who was condemned to five years in prison and who must pay €4.9 billion in damages, suffered a further setback yester(...)

Jean-Luc Melenchon said the right and extreme-right have taken over street protest in France. Photograph: Reuters/Marc Zirnhel

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the MEP and founder of the parti de gauche (party of the left), chose t(...)

The French president and prime minister struggled yesterday to shore up the ruins of the “irreproac(...)