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France’s president-elect Emmanuel Macron: the centrist leader “is going to struggle to get a majority” in parliamentary elections next month, Mr Zahn said.  Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images

Financial markets’ relief at electorial victories by centrist parties and candidates in Europe may prove short-lived if weak economies are not turned (...)

The significance of the election of French president  Emmanuel Macron should not be underestimated. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Feferberg/Pool

One of the many implausible arguments used by pro-Brexit campaigners was the idea that Britain should leave in order to avoid the chaos that will ensu(...)

Barry Dunning: 'Properly enfranchising Irish citizens across the world and giving them political representation would send a powerful message about how the Irish State values its diaspora'

The lines snaked out the door and out into the autumn sun at the Lycée Condorcet in Sydney’s eastern suburbs last Sunday, as Frenchmen and Frenchwomen(...)

'What was so striking about the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election was that he campaigned unapologetically as an enthusiast for the EU.' Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

The Government’s decision to commit unambiguously to the side of the EU27 ahead of the Brexit negotiations will inevitably involve difficult decisions(...)

Emmanuel Macron’s challenges are initially political. He must turn his personal victory into a hold on effective domestic power. Photograph: Cesare Abbate/EPA

Fortune favours the bold. Emmanuel Macron took a huge gamble and won. Now he has to turn victory into success. He has given his country, Europe, and t(...)

 Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, rising star of the extreme right-wing Front National, has announced she is leaving politics to spend time with her daughter and to gain experience in business. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Marion Maréchal-Le Pen, the rising star of the extreme right-wing Front National (FN), has struck a blow at her aunt, Marine Le Pen, by withdrawing f(...)

Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys: has plenty of options when it comes to funding Aosdána. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Arts Council versus Aosdána conflict has moved up the political food chain. The council’s plans to rein in the costs of providing a living to need(...)

Australia’s opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten’s ad  about its “Australians first” jobs policy caused uproar as almost all of the actors portraying the “ordinary workers” are  white.

Sometimes an ideology that looks like a political winner collapses just as you copy it. For Australia’s opposition Labor Party, that idea is fervent n(...)

French president-elect Emmanuel Macron arriving  at his campaign headquarters in Paris. Photograph: Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

Having been blind-sided by the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s election, financial markets were relieved that lighting did not strike a third time in F(...)

 French presidential election candidate for the far right Front National (FN) party, Marine Le Pe. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

Plans to rename and “profoundly transform” the Front National after Marine Le Pen’s defeat by Emmanuel Macron in France’s presidential runoff will mee(...)

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