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Austria: Populists in power

For the second time in 20 years, the far-right Freedom party (FPÖ) is to be in government in Austria. Yet the comparatively muted response to the coal(...)

Laurent Wauquiez (42) succeeded Nicolas Sarkozy as leader of the right-wing Les Républicains after a campaign in which he positioned himself on a Catholic, identity-based platform. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters
France: The right regroups

It’s difficult for a party to lose an internal leadership election, but Les Républicains, France’s centre-right opposition bloc, has form in such thin(...)

Palestinian protesters throw stones during clashes with Israeli soldiers following a protest in the west Bank city Ramallah. Photograph: Shadi Hatem/EPA

President Emmanuel Macron has called US president Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel “regrettable” and a violati(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron poses for a selfie with volunteers and spectators at  the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn.  Photograph: EPA

The model of the Citizens Assembly should be adopted internationally so politicians and citizens can consider difficult issues on actions to counter c(...)

Six months into his presidency, Emmanuel Macron of France already has important achievements to his name. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron is an unlikely insurgent. A technocratic ex-banker with an elite education and a career that spanned the upper reaches of Parisian bus(...)

French strike: students demonstrate with public-sector workers on Tuesday. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Nine trade unions representing France’s 5.4 million civil servants participated in strikes and protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s policies o(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron gives a statement at the Élysée Palace in Paris, France. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

When French presidents talk about Europe, their message often makes more sense if you substitute every reference to “European Union” with “France”. (...)

Emmanuel Macron: Negative reaction over latest remark has snowballed into endless denunciations and front-page headlines. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

In President Emmanuel Macron’s France, as in Donald Trump’s America, it is often a few casually spoken, infelicitous words, rather than substance, th(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron shake hands after a meeting of EU leaders in Berlin. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Marion Van Renterghem, the French biographer of Chancellor Angela Merkel and an award-winning journalist, recalls the relief and joy in Berlin when E(...)

The founder of French broadband internet provider Iliad, Xavier Niel. Photograph: EPA/POOL Philippe Wojazer

France’s richest technology billionaire knew sex would sell on the internet even before the World Wide Web was invented. Xavier Niel learned the art(...)

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