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Travellers making their way to the 49th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos which starts tomorrow. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Political and economic problems loom heavily over the global elite as they gather at Davos for the World Economic Forum. But is there any political wi(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has slapped down a proposal from the European Commission to abolish national vetoes on EU taxation policy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe wasted no time in rejecting the European Commission’s blueprint to end national vetoes on major tax issues and re(...)

Former Élysée senior security officer Alexandre Benalla at a Senate committee in Paris in September 2018. Photograph:  Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Alexandre Benalla, the former bodyguard and security adviser of French president Emmanuel Macron, has been placed in custody in relation to a probe in(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron addresses a meeting of some 600 mayors in Grand-Bourgtheroulde, Normandy. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron was once a young man in a hurry. At the opening session of a two-month “great national debate” on Tuesday, the mayors of 600 towns and(...)

A protester wearing a gilet jaune (yellow vest) holds a sign reading “If the law is against its people then we are outlaws” during an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest movement in Saint-Brieuc, western France, on Saturday. Photograph: Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images

Every French president in the modern era has started off moderately popular and ended up deeply disliked. Every one of them has taken office with a re(...)

“Gilets jaunes” protesters take part in the ninth consecutive national Saturday demonstration, in Bordeaux, France, on January 12th. Photograph: Caroline Blumberg/EPA

President Emmanuel Macron will on Tuesday launch a two-month “great national debate” about how France is governed, in the hope of salvaging the remain(...)

Gilets jaunes protesters   in Bordeaux on Saturday. Photograph: Caroline Blumberg/EPA

Emmanuel Macron has launched a two-month “great national debate” in France with a 2,330-word open letter to the country. The French president hopes t(...)

 A yellow vest protester during an anti-government demonstration  in Nantes, on January 12. Photograph:  Loic Venance /AFP/Getty Images

French media and reporters’ organisations on Sunday denounced attacks on journalists by “yellow vest” anti-government protesters and called for better(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. There will be two civilisations in the EU. A mixed Muslim-Christian one in the west and a traditional European-Christian in central Europe,” he said on Thursday. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has said migration will be the main issue in European parliamentary elections in May, which he hopes anti-immigr(...)

A man with a skateboard passes by a mural by street artist PBOY depicting yellow vest protesters inspired by the ‘La Liberte guidant le Peuple’ painting in Paris on January 8th Photograph: Philippe Lopez/ AFP/Getty

“Death to the bourgeois state,” says graffiti left by gilets jaunes rioters next to a friend’s front door. My apartment looks on to the government min(...)

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