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The leader of ultra-right wing Golden Dawn party Nikos Michaloliakos is escorted by masked police officers to the prosecutor from the police headquarters in Athens in 2013. File photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP via Getty

The neo-Nazi leaders of Golden Dawn have been sentenced to 13 years in prison by a court in Athens, at the end of a historic hearing likened to the Nu(...)

 Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban:  The European Commission is seeking to bring Hungary to book for repeated breaches of EU legal standards. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

‘The conditions introduced by Hungary to enable foreign higher education institutions to carry out their activities in its territory are incompatible (...)

US president Donald Trump stands on the Truman Balcony upon returning to the White House from the Walter Reed Medical Center on Monday. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

Eva Perón addressed the Argentine people from one. Communist Romania’s Nicolae Ceausescu gave his final speech on another. As for Mussolini, he liked (...)

European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova and European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders give a press conference on the Annual Rule of Law Report 2020 in Brussels on Wednesday. The EU criticised Hungary and Poland in a report on democratic standards across the bloc, as tensions escalate between Brussels and Budapest. Photograph: AFP

How to deal with governments that interfere with judicial independence, allow corruption and abet the erosion of democratic norms is at the centre of (...)

Populist leaders such as Boris Johnson (above), Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro and Narendra Modi were elected on promises to restore and assert national pride. Confronted with the Covid epidemic they have floundered, dissembled, denied or tried to divert the challenge of effective governing. Photograph: Aaron Chown/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Competence matters in governing during moments of crisis like the current Covid-19 epidemic. The skills of organising, planning, mastery of detail and(...)

 British political adviser Dominic Cummings and prime minister Boris Johnson: Britain is Britain with all of its strengths and weaknesses. Johnson-Cummings have played to those weaknesses. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty

Anyone who is surprised by the latest turn of events in Brexit Britain hasn’t been paying attention. Modelled in part on the Bannon-Trump experiment i(...)

Police stand guard in front of the Shrine of Remembrance during an anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne on Saturday as the city continues to enforce strict lockdown measure to battle a second wave of Covid-19 coronavirus infections. Photograph: William West/ AFP/Getty

Indonesia on Saturday reported 3,806 new coronavirus infections and 106 new deaths, data from the Health Ministry website showed. Saturday marked the(...)

Tourists wear protective face masks as they fill in a form for the the novel coronavirus before embarking on a small cruise boat along the waterfront of the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, on August 31st. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP

The European Commission has announced funding of €400 million towards a World Health Organisation (WHO) vaccine initiative as global authorities grapp(...)

Bohemians have won five Premier Division matches on the bounce. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Europa League first qualifying round: MOL Fehérvár (Hungary) v Bohemians, Thursday August 27th 2020 (kick-off 5.30pm) The fact Hungary’s Prime Minist(...)

President Donald Trump: “He is a strongman but not a strong man.” Photograph:  Andrew Harnik/AP

Three-word slogans, starting with a verb, are the currency of the populist. “Take back control” and “Build that wall” served the Anglo-American wing o(...)

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