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An election party for Alexander Van der Bellen, who defeated the Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer to become Austria’s  president. Photographer: Lisi Niesner/Bloomberg

The sighs of relief around Europe were long and deep when Austria opted to reject the far-right, political extremist for president. For about 20 minut(...)

One step back. One step forward. An Italian tarantella and a Viennese waltz combined in the latest round of Europe’s “Strictly Coming Apart” – but is (...)

The echo of the goosestep

The fear of “globalisation” – manifested variously as xenophobia, of a fear of immigrants, of industrial decline and the export of jobs, of the EU, of(...)

On World View this week, Lara Marlowe and Derek Scally report from Paris and Berlin on how Europe’s populist right, emboldened by Donald Trump’s victo(...)

Marine Le Pen, leader of the  Front National, during a recent rally. “The influence of Le Pen continues to grow,” says political scientist Pascal Perrineau. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Prof Pascal Perrineau, one of France’s leading political scientists, says it’s 95 per cent certain that Marine Le Pen, the leader of the extreme right(...)

Austria’s interior minister Wolfgang Sobotka announces the postponement of the re-run of the Austrian presidential election, in Vienna on Monday. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Austria’s presidential election re-run has come unstuck after faulty glue on postal vote envelopes prompted the cancellation of next month’s planned v(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: he  took the opportunity last weekend to condemn Geert Wilders’s election manifesto as arguably “a threat to the rule of law” while UN  high commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein dismissed Wilders’s promise   to close mosques, ban the Koran, and end immigration by Muslims, as “grotesque”. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

It was striking this week to hear the UN’s human rights chief launch a full-frontal assault on Geert Wilders and his call for the closure of all mosqu(...)

New British prime minister Theresa May makes a speech outside 10 Downing Street, London. Photograph:   Hannah McKay/PA

The appointment of Theresa May as British prime minister has brought a sliver of clarity to the complex process that has emerged from the British refe(...)

Presidential candidates Alexander Van der Bellen (left) and Norbert Hofer. Just 30,863 votes separated the candidates in the May poll. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Austria’s far-right populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) has been handed a second chance to take Vienna’s Hofburg Palace after the constitutional court ordere(...)

Front pages reacting to the UK’s vote to leave the EU from ‘Le Monde’, ‘Bild’ and the ‘New Yorker’ at the weekend

After Bild’s one-word reaction to Brexit on Saturday – Outsch! – the German tabloid’s Sunday edition called for calm. Just because Britain had shown E(...)

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