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Italian deputy prime minister and leader of far-right League party Matteo Salvini: League party took  34 per cent of the vote and swept past its coalition partner and rival, the Five Star movement. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo

The “squeezed middle” has become popular among political scientists and sociologists as a way of characterising the plight of the middle class in a ti(...)

 Tom Van Grieken, president of the far-right Flemish separatist party Vlaams Belang, leaves after a meeting with Belgium’s King Philippe at the Royal Palace in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw – RC1323AA10E0/Reuters

Belgium’s King Philippe has started the rounds again, party by party, to broker what will inevitably be a most peculiar new governing coalition. If ev(...)

Former Conservative  MP  Ann Widdecombe   with colleagues from the Brexit Party celebrate it success in the EU elections in London on Monday. Photograph: Tolga AkmenAFP/Getty Images

AUSTRIA The conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) of Sebastian Kurz shrugged off 10 days of crisis, and his impending dismissal as chancellor, to finish (...)

Charles Michel: had being trying to put together a working majority in parliament since the right-wing nationalist New Flemish Alliance (NVA) walked out nine days ago. Photograph:  Piroschka Van De Wouw/Reuters

Belgium’s Francophone liberal prime minister Charles Michel has resigned in the wake of a bitter falling out with his erstwhile Flemish coalition part(...)

The narrow defeat of Norbert Hofer, of the far-right Freedom Party, in the race to become Austrian president nevertheless marked an extraordinary and (...)

Marine Le Pen, France’s National Front political party head, and Dutch far-right Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders (R) address a joint news conference at the European Parliament in Brussels Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

National Front leader Marine Le Pen pledged today to block any moves to increase European federalism in the European Parliament, as the leader made a (...)

‘Marine Le Pen and  Geert Wilders recently have agreed to form a continental anti-European alliance aimed at wrecking the EU from within.’ Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

As we cast our ballots in the European elections in 20 days’ time the chances are that most of us will not be asking ourselves the question “whither E(...)

Jean-Marie Le Pen (second left,  front row), former president of the Front National (FN), and his daughter and actual president of the party Marine Le Pen (right) take part in the party’s traditional May Day rally in Paris. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/EPA

Marine Le Pen is the new Joan of Arc, who will expel the EU from France, just as the Maid of Orléans threw the English out in the 15th century.“Jeanne(...)

Wilfried Martens: was the longest-serving Belgian prime minister since the second World War

Former Belgian prime minister Wilfried Martens, who has died aged 77, was a dominant force in Belgian politics and headed nine administrations between(...)