Geert Wilders

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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(...)

 William Butler Yeats: After the election of Donald Trump, there was a massive surge in online searches for his magnificently doom-laden “The Second Coming”. Photograph:  Getty

There are many ways to measure the state of the world and economists, ecologists and anthropologists labour mightily over them. Opening the Yeats Inte(...)

Geert Wilders: the Dutch politician argued that appeal judges had failed to behave impartially. Photograph: François Walschaerts/Reuters

The Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders has described as tremendous a decision to remove the judges in his appeal against a conviction for inciting d(...)

The world’s five most valuable companies - Apple, Google’s parent Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook –  each gaining between 37%  and 56%  in 2017 to leave them with a combined market capitalisation of €2.8 trillion. Photograph: Getty Images

Allegations of Russian interference in US elections. A rocky first year for the new incumbent in the White House. A rogue nation testing weapons of m(...)

 Austrian chancellor to be Sebastian Kurz of the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP). “We’ll fight for our interests, for our views, but in the EU we will respect decisions.” Photograph: Getty Images

European far-right leaders have cheered the return to power in Austria of one of their own: the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ). On Saturday the populis(...)

Tomio Okamura, the anti-Islam and Eurosceptic leader of the Czech Republic’s Freedom and Direct Democracy party, which came fourth in parliamentary elections in October. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

With its foaming pints of beer, plates of pork and dumpling and walls covered with pictures of old Prague, Stare Casy is a typical Czech pub in the Go(...)

ANO leader Andrej Babis  at Lany Castle after a meeting with Czech president Milos Zeman following the general election. Photograph: EPA/Martin Divisek

Walking round the streets of Prague city centre and its far-flung suburbs in the weeks before the recent elections, something struck me as strange but(...)

Sebastian Kurz, leader  of the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (OVP): likely to bring  Heinz-Christian Strache’s far-right Freedom Party into government. Photograph: Alex Halada/AFP/Getty Images

In the wake of the Dutch and French elections, and the defeats of Geert Wilders’s and Marine Le Pen’s respective parties, some commentators hailed wha(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  new four-party coalition will exclude the far-right Freedom Party and its leader Geert Wilders. Photograph: EPA

After taking what is now the longest period since the second World War to form a government, the Netherlands is on the verge of a new four-party coali(...)

 President Donald Trump: his nominee for the job of US ambassador to the Netherlands was born in Groningen before emigrating with his family to the US aged three. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Leaving aside the controversial president who’s proposing him, it would be hard to find a person less at one with the deeply ingrained liberal ethos o(...)

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