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Islamists have failed to divide France. Will they succeed in Britain?

21 June 2017 13:15

Islamic State will be delighted by what happened outside Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of Monday morning. In…

The Euro’s badly-needed reform could finally be on the cards

20 June 2017 17:44

Has Germany finally started to shift its position on the future of the Eurozone? Speaking today, at a conference for…

It’s time to prepare voters for some tough Brexit compromises

19 June 2017 12:13

Brexit is like life. The journey matters more than the final destination. Instead of fixating on where we will, eventually,…

How long can Macron’s message of hope survive?

19 June 2017 11:55

It says much about the extraordinary rise of Emmanuel Macron that some commentators are describing the outcome of Sunday’s second…

Pew poll shows most Europeans want to take back control from Brussels

17 June 2017 16:03

Many in Brussels are anxiously looking out for any sign of what has been termed ‘Brexit contagion’ – the idea…

For all his faults, Helmut Kohl was a political colossus

17 June 2017 12:30

The British public never really warmed to Helmut Kohl. In Britain, he was always seen as too bossy, too bumptious,…

Theresa May has much to learn from Enda Kenny

15 June 2017 13:41

Enda Kenny stepped down as Ireland’s Taoiseach yesterday, and his farewell speech, at the National Gallery of Ireland, was an…

Now it’s cheaper to use your mobile phone abroad

15 June 2017 10:39

Praise be, there’s some good news on the financial front this morning. Roaming charges for the use of mobile phones…

Philip Hammond’s Brexit plan is the worst of all worlds

14 June 2017 12:42

Had last week’s expected landslide actually occurred Philip Hammond would by now be working on his memoirs. Instead, he is…

Macron’s landslide

12 June 2017 7:40

En Marche, a party created 14 months ago by Emmanuel Macron, is on course for a clear majority in the…

Macron mania is still sweeping across France

7 June 2017 11:07

It’s in the little gestures one learns much about a man, and such is the case with Emmanuel Macron. Since…

France has woken up to the danger of Islamism. Has Britain?

31 May 2017 11:03

If there’s one country that knows how Britain feels in the wake of last week’s suicide bombing in Manchester, it’s France.…

Merkel is right about Trump – so where does that leave Britain?

30 May 2017 11:46

Angela Merkel has never been a showboating politician. Public speaking isn’t her forte – she prefers to work behind the…

Populism is making a comeback in Europe, and Austria is leading the way

20 May 2017 11:53

Last year’s Austrian presidential election looked like a turning point for the European Union. Alexander Van der Bellen, a soft…

Emmanuel Macron’s new third way

16 May 2017 7:55

Édouard Philippe is the perfect fit to be Emmanuel Macron’s Premier Minister. A one-time Socialist who then switched to the…

Why Brexit Britain should root for a Merkel landslide

15 May 2017 17:19

Never mind Eurovision. For Germany, the state election in North Rhine Westphalia on Sunday was the big one – the best…

Are Remainers brighter than Brexiteers?

14 May 2017 8:00

Are Leavers thicker than Remainers? The short answer is: yes. At least, on average. That’s according to a paper analysing…

Brexiteers are Marine Le Pen’s natural opponents

8 May 2017 16:35

I’m a Brexiteer and I’m glad Le Pen lost. Those Brexit-bashers who say ‘Brexit-Trump-Le-Pen’ almost as one word, as if…

Can a liberal Catholic now save France?

8 May 2017 12:18

France is a muddled nation, n’est-ce pas? And at the root of the muddle is, guess what, religion. Maybe the muddle…

The third party of France: the abstainers

7 May 2017 20:30

‘I’ve never seen anything like it,’ said the deputy mayor as we counted the votes in the Salle du Peuple…

The size of the challenge that awaits President Macron is monumental

7 May 2017 19:50

Emmanuel Macron is the eighth and the youngest president of the Fifth Republic, winning an estimated 65pc of the vote…

Macron is president – but he starts out under a deep cloud of suspicion

7 May 2017 19:03

Sunday night’s extravagant celebration of Emmanuel Macron’s ascension to the presidency of the fifth republic will draw le tout Paris…

All hail Macron, but the real story of the election is the great disgruntlement in French politics

7 May 2017 19:03

Emmanuel Macron has won the French presidential election. He is projected to have won by just over 65pc, pretty much the exact…

Le Pen – the female champion of the excluded – trumps Europe’s shouty men

7 May 2017 10:00

Pierre Poujade was a French shopkeeper who, in the mid-1950s, led quite a powerful right-wing revolt in favour of the…

It’s now time to say: Congratulations President Macron

6 May 2017 10:16

There is perhaps some remote mathematical chance that France’s new elected monarch will be struck down by a meteorite before…