As bank-bashing subsides - nine years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers - there may be a push to slow down or unwind rules designed to curb the financial world’s excesses

They were called public enemies. They were strung up in effigy during protests in London and New York. Their behaviour spurred an outcry that changed(...)

 Marine Le Pen,  leader of far-right Front National. She denounces dire forecasts as fear-mongering by her opponents. Photograph: Mathieu Cugnot/EPA

There will be no jubilant crowds waving blue-and-gold European flags and singing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in French streets on Saturday to mark the 60th(...)

Flowers and messages are left near the scene of an attack by a man driving a car and weilding a knife left five people dead and dozens injured, in London. REUTERS/Neil Hall

The current bout of global terrorism came to the heart of London today in a fatal attack outside the Palace of Westminster. The symbolism is impossibl(...)

French presidential election candidate for the En Marche! movement  Emmanuel Macron  ahead of a wide-ranging televised debate that went on until well after midnight. Photograph:  Eliot Blondet/AFP/Getty Images

The French presidential election debate that took place on Monday night was a test of the endurance of the five leading candidates, who remained stand(...)

Riot police officers patrol inside Orly airport south of Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Kamil Zihnioglu/AP

A postmortem was being carried out on Sunday to determine whether a suspected Islamic extremist was drunk or high on drugs when he took a soldier host(...)

 Police  help  students leave the scene of the  shooting at Lycee Alexis de Tocqueville  in Grasse, near Cannes, southern France, on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Anrigo/EPA

A 16-year-old student who was obsessed by the Columbine massacre in the United States opened fire on his school principal and fellow students in the s(...)

 Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders (left) of the PVV party and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte  of the VVD Liberal party: victory of latter was widely welcomed in Europe. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Angela Merkel and François Hollande, both of whose countries face populist challenges at the polls this year, have led a flood of congratulations afte(...)

 Former French prime ministers Alain Juppé and  Francois Fillon: Juppé is supporting Fillon’s French presidential bid. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Former prime minister Alain Juppé on Friday threw his support behind François Fillon’s French presidential bid, hoping to heal party divisions days af(...)

Campaign posters of French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron.  Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty

In more than 20 years as a pollster, Frédéric Dabi, the director of Ifop, France’s oldest polling company, says he has never seen anything as “unthink(...)

Donald Tusk with Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo  in Warsaw in 2016. Ms Szydlo is seeking to block her predecessor  from securing a second term as European Council president. Photograph: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images

Poland has escalated a campaign to block its former prime minister, Donald Tusk, from winning a second term as European Council president when EU lead(...)