Norbert Hofer

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Austrian vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache quit over a video which showed him discussing fixing state contracts in return for favours. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Europe’s far-right parties are scrambling to distance themselves from Austria’s populist Freedom Party (FPÖ), ejected from office after its leader was(...)

Austria’s vice-chancellor Heinz Christian Strache of the Austrian Freedom Party. Photograph: Florian Wieser/EPA

Austria’s vice chancellor and longtime far-right leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, said on Saturday he was stepping down over “catastrophic” video foot(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president: “A technocratic ex-investment banker who embodies the French elite.” Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

In much of the world, if you take a long view of the trajectory of human progress, things are looking pretty good just now. Poverty is falling at a fa(...)

French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen temporarily resigned as leader of the Front National saying she wanted to be “above partisan considerations”. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The Holocaust came back to haunt Marine Le Pen’s presidential campaign again on Friday, just nine days before the second round of the French president(...)

Syrian civil defence volunteers, known as the White Helmets, rescue a boy from the rubble following a reported barrel bomb attack on the Bab al-Nairab neighbourhood of Aleppo on November 24th. Photograph: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images

“Their world is crumbling. Ours is being built.” Donald Trump had won, and Florian Philippot was exultant. Their world, as the vice-president of Fran(...)

The consensus in political science was that the rise of populism in recent elections across the world, while significant, would reach a natural ceiling: the mainstream political forces would continue to hold the line. Photograph: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

This year has been a rollercoaster of a year for democracy, and also for those whose work is in the serious study of politics. This time last year mos(...)

PVV leader Geert Wilders was found guilty of inciting discrimination at a rally in 2014 when he asked the crowd whether they wanted ‘more or less Moroccans’ in the country. Photograph: Michael Kooren/ Reuters

It’s market day in Almere, a Dutch town 30km east of Amsterdam. The central square is packed with shoppers, as locals stock up on the assortment of fr(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: was a committed European and  powerful voice against the austerity promulgated by Berlin and Brussels.  Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi

Political instability reached the shores of continental Europe this week as Austrian and Italian voters went to the polls in two very different, but e(...)

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