Emmanuel Macron

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French president Emmanuel Macron: “The exit tax sends a negative message to entrepreneurs in France, more than to investors,” he told Forbes magazine. Photograph: Michel Euler/Pool via Reuters

France is modifying rather than removing its “exit tax” on capital gains made by business owners or investors, maintaining a more limited version to t(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron with Michele Audin, daughter of late Maurice Audin, as he leaves the home in Bagnolet of Josette Audin, widow of Audin, on Thursday. Photograph: Thomas  SamsoN/AFP/Getty Images

When President Emmanuel Macron recognised the responsibility of the French state for the torture and murder of the communist mathematician and anti-co(...)

Emmanuel Macron: “A four-year-old from an underprivileged family knows half as many words as a child from an affluent family.” Photograph: Michel Euler/EPA

President Emmanuel Macron unveiled his twice-postponed “national strategy for the prevention of and struggle against poverty” on Thursday. But it is (...)

Matteo Salvini: observers suggest he could easily be prevailed on to stand for the presidency of the European Commission. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

With elections to the European Parliament looming in May 2019, the plenary this week in Strasbourg, the beginning of the last session before MEPs face(...)

Jimmie Akesson, leader of Sweden Democrats, reacts during the party’s election night event in Stockholm on Sunday. Photograph: Mikael Sjoberg/Bloomberg

Is the glass half-full or half-empty? It’s a question prompted by almost every European election of the past two years – a period that has seen the po(...)

Adam Clayton of U2 and the band’s former manager, Paul McGuinness look at an English-Irish dictionary dating from 1768 as Irish College director Nora Hickey M’sichili looks on.

What does an Irish rock star do on their day off in Paris? At the midpoint of their four concerts in Paris this week, U2’s lead singer and bass guita(...)

A woman rides her bike next to an election poster of Ebba Busch Thor, leader of the Christian Democrats Party  in Stockholm. The general election in Sweden takes place on Sunday. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images
The far right: on the march

Recent elections across Europe have seen traditional political patterns undergo dramatic changes, if not in exactly the same way in each country. Whi(...)

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: The carve-up of key European jobs has begun as incumbent terms run out. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

It’s a bit like a big children’s game of political musical chairs, played over a year in multiple dimensions, according to unstated but almost self-co(...)

Emmanuel Macron with National Assembly speaker François de Rugy. Mr Macron replaced ecology minister Nicolas Hulot with Mr de Rugy on Tuesday. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron chose continuity and loyalty over change when he ordered the smallest possible cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, replaci(...)

French president Charles de Gaulle (centre)  in Brazzaville, French Equatorial Africa (modern-day Republic of the Congo) in 1958.

France’s Fifth Republic was born 60 years ago on Tuesday, when General Charles de Gaulle published a new constitution. It was the beginning of French (...)

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