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Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy addresses Australian federal parliament via video link on March 31st, 2022 in Canberra, Australia. Photograph: Martin Ollman/Getty Images

At 10am this morning Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy will become the 22nd person to address a joint sitting of the Houses of the Oireachtas si(...)

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez characterised the PP-Vox pact as awful for ‘Spanish democracy and the PP’. File photograph: EPA

An agreement between Spanish conservatives and a far-right party to govern together in the region of Castilla y León is an unprecedented move which ha(...)

French centrist La Republique En Marche (LREM) party volunteers hand out campaign flyers of French President  Emmanuel Macron on a street market in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images)

Over the last few months it looked like immigration would dominate the French presidential election in April. The emergence of hard-right independent (...)

Valérie Pécresse (C) flanked by senior party members after the announcement of her victory in the primary to select the presidential candidate of France’s Les Républicains, in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

France’s right-wing opposition Les Républicains have picked Valérie Pécresse to challenge Emmanuel Macron in next year’s presidential election, markin(...)

Éric Ciotti (centre) led the poll. Ciotti is a party hack who has never served as a cabinet minister and is virtually a clone of the independent extreme right-wing candidate Éric Zemmour. Photograph:  Bertrand Guay/AFP via Getty

By Saturday afternoon, French president Emmanuel Macron will know exactly who he is up against in his campaign for re-election. The only outstanding (...)

Eric Zemmour has never been elected to public office and has not officially declared his candidacy for the presidency. However his dark rhetoric may be more in synch with the national mood than Emmanuel Macron’s chirpy optimism. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP via Getty Images

France will choose its next president six months from Sunday, on April 24th, 2022. The re-election of Emmanuel Macron remains the most likely scenario(...)

Only days after Europe’s centre-right suffered a substantial electoral reverse in Germany, capping the retirement of Angela Merkel, the European Peopl(...)

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was found guilty last Thursday of illegal campaign financing of his unsuccessful 2012 reelection bid. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

It was not a trivial technical breach of electoral rules. Nicolas Sarkozy, while in office, spent at least €42.8 million in his unsuccessful attempt t(...)

Michel Barnier, who is promoting his book My Secret Brexit Diary, describes as “serious” Britain’s attempt to renege on the Northern Ireland protocol by calling for it to be renegotiated. Photograph: Pascal Guyot/AFP via Getty Images

Michel Barnier arrived in London this week as the British government ordered the army in to deliver fuel to filling stations where fights were breakin(...)

 Emmanuel Macron: more than half the 60 proposals made by the French president  in his Sorbonne speech in 2017 have been realised. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/EPA

Four years ago this week, French president Emmanuel Macron delivered what may have been his most important address; a 100-minute speech to students at(...)

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