European Parliament in Strasbourg:  the dominant dividing line could be between politicians who want common EU-level solutions and those who favour safeguarding national sovereignty. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Four in 10 French voters say they have no interest in May’s European elections, a recent poll reports. The apathy vote is up more than a sixth since M(...)

Supporters of the British Conservative Party react during the count at Wandsworth Town Hall after local government elections in London, Britain. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Britain’s two main parties emerged from local elections in England in a draw, with Labour making gains but failing to capture target councils from the(...)

Former UKIP  leader Nigel Farage said another vote would see the Leave side win again and end the debate. Photograph: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage has said he is warming to the idea of holding a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union. The (...)

Former leader of Ukip Nigel Farage: his term as an MEP will officially end in the spring of 2019 when the next European Parliament elections take place. Photograph:  Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The outgoing leader of the UK Independence Party (Ukip) Nigel Farage has said he will “miss the theatre” of the European Parliament, but vowed to rema(...)

Ukip leader Nigel Farage launchs a Leave poster campaign on Thursday before the death of MP Jo Cox.  Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Campaigning in the British EU referendum was suspended yesterday afternoon after a violent attack led to the death of Labour MP Jo Cox. The shockin(...)

An internet rumour once suggested that a Google search for “swivel-eyed loon” took the user straight to the UK Independence party (Ukip) website. The origins of this rather British political label are hard to pin down.  File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The nickname Tory, usually associated with the UK’s Conservative party, first appeared, by some accounts, in 1566 in Ireland, and originally meant an (...)

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.  While technically the union can trundle on and is not obliged to respond to the vagaries of general elections, the anti-establishment vote is, in part, an expression of frustration at EU as well as national elites.   AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

In October last year, Enda Kenny took to the stage at the European People’s Party congress in Madrid and told the tale of Ireland’s return to economi(...)

London Mayor Boris Johnson arrives home in London on Sunday. He has announced that he would be campaigning for a British exit from the EU. Photograph: Getty

Boris Johnson has declared that he is to join the campaign for Britain to leave the European Union. The London mayor put an end to months of specula(...)

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a Pearl Harbor Day rally aboard the USS Yorktown Memorial in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Randall Hill/Reuters

A day after Republican candidate Donald J Trump called for a ban on the entry of Muslims into the United States, much of the rest of the world looked (...)

David Cameron’s success in securing an unexpected overall majority meant that the DUP and first minister Peter Robinson’s hope that it would be “kingmaker” in dictating who is the next British prime minister was not realised. Photograph: EPA

British prime minister David Cameron, fresh from winning the most extraordinary House of Commons victory in modern times, has insisted that he will(...)

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