A lawyer throws a civil code book as justice officials demonstrate to protest against the new ‘loi Macron’ in Paris. The economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, has made proposals that aim to free up France’s notoriously inflexible labour rules and regulations. Photograph: AP Photo/Francois Mori

French economy minister Emmanuel Macron’s “Law on Growth and Activity,” which was presented in cabinet on December 10th, deals with so many elements o(...)

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(...)