In one European state after another, it would appear, the successive crises, both economic and identity, that have shaken the EU over the last eight y(...)

French president François Hollande: a strong majority of voters want neither him  nor his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy to be candidates next year but both fight on. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

One year before the first round of the French presidential election, clear favourites have emerged from the ruling socialist and opposition Les Républ(...)

Jean-Marie Le Pen: Fined 30,000 euro for remarks he made about the Holocaust. Photograph: EPA/Guillaume Horcajuelo

Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder and former head of France’s far-right National Front party, has been convicted of denying crimes against humanity for repea(...)

 Front National  party leader Marine Le Pen: friends and family “not  averse” to tapping   “offshore jurisdictions”.  Photograph:   Chantal Briand/AFP/Getty Images

When millions of leaked documents revealed the wide use of tax havens by hundreds of politicians, business and sportspeople, France’s far-right Natio(...)

British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is congratulated after delivering a speech to the National Union of Teachers conference in Brighton on March 25th. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

We are living through a mass rejection of elites. We know this because everybody says so. And magically, the reasons for popular rage always cohere wi(...)

A migrant child eats as others sit around a fire  at the northern Greek border point of Idomeni, Greece. Photograph: Vadim Ghirda/AP Photo

Chaos and death in Idomeni, refugees fleeing war, civil war, terrorism and genocidal sectarianism are desperately trying to make it to Europe before w(...)

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy leaves  the  Paris court house:He  has repeatedly denied knowledge of   some €18 million in false invoices issued by the Bygmalion event organisation company that meant his campaign costs were more than double the legal limit. Photograph:  Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under investigation on Tuesday in a scandal over irregularities in his 2012 re-election campaign fi(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: his decision reflects  growing confidence in London that the meeting will bring agreement over Brexit. Photograph: Morris Mac Matzen/Reuters

David Cameron has agreed to call an emergency cabinet meeting on Friday if he secures a renegotiation deal at this week’s European Union summit in Bru(...)

“If Labour can hold its nerve, stay focussed, and navigate cleverly between its twin positions of government partner and sensible left-wing option, it will survive the expected storm. Keeping Alan Kelly out of national sight is an essential element of this plan”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The bags have been packed for weeks around Leinster House, and Drapier has been chomping at the bit since budget day. There was never going to be any (...)

Karl Marx: his warning that history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce has modern application. Any populist government in Europe might succeed in raising growth with banking policies – but this make them so dangerous. Photograph: Imagno/Getty

Rereading John Weitz’s biography of Hjalmar Schacht, Hitler’s Banker, I noted some interesting parallels between the 1930s and now that I had not cons(...)