Candles sit in front of a photo of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée during an anti-government rally in Bratislava, Slovakia, last week. The country-wide protests demand a thorough investigation into the shooting deaths of Jan Kuciak and Martina Kusnirova, whose bodies were found in their home on February 25th. Photograph: Ronald Zak/AP

Robert Fico flashed the cameras a broad grin after resigning as Slovakia’s prime minister last Thursday. He looked like a politician who had outsmarte(...)

Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister and founder of Forza Italia, on an Italian TV show in  January. Photograph: Getty Images

With his perfectly dyed dark hair and his ivory-white teeth glistening in the lights of the television studio, Silvio Berlusconi – the octogenarian co(...)

Forza Italia party leader and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: clearly running the party’s show. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

The tide of populist and Eurosceptical politics that has swept Europe over the last couple of years does not appear to be ebbing. The electoral succe(...)

 European Council president Donald Tusk delivers an acceptance speech after he was awarded an honorary doctorate at the University of Pecs in  Hungary. Photograph: Tamas Soki

After helping Britain move a little closer to the EU exit early on Friday, European Council president Donald Tusk flew east to focus on the future of (...)

People demonstrate in front of the presidential palace in Warsaw on Monday. Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Poland’s 18-month constitutional crisis has moved into uncharted waters after the president vetoed judicial reform bills that critics denounced as a t(...)

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the chairman of the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), attends a parliamentary session in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Agencja Gazeta/Slawomir Kaminski/via Reuters

Polish political leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has weighed into the bitter standoff over his country’s court reforms, using an emotional late-night parlia(...)

French far-right Front National (FN) party’s Member of Parliament Marine Le Pen speaks to  the press after French president Emmanuel Macron gave a speech during a special congress gathering both houses of parliament (National Assembly and Senate) in the palace of Versailles, outside Paris, on July 3rd, 2017. Photograph: Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images

Populism has been on the rise in the West for more than four decades. But the earth-shattering events of the past year, the Brexit referendu(...)

Social democracy in crisis

It is hardly surprising that the focus of political analysis in recent years has been on explaining the emergence of “anti-politics”, the politics of (...)

Neither Brexit nor Trump are mentioned explicitly. But the declaration from EU leaders at today’s EU 60th anniversary summit in Rome, and indeed the s(...)

Donald Tusk: promised to promote unity when he was reappointed to a second term as European Council president. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Poland will block European Union leaders from issuing formal conclusions at the end of a two-day summit in Brussels after the country’s former prime (...)

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