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EU Elections 2019 17-09-2018

France’s Le Pen urges show of nationalist force in European elections

France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged Europe's populist parties to unite against a liberal establishment in next year's European elections, as she made a combative return to the spotlight after her bruising election defeat last year.
Freedom of thought 31-08-2018

Geert Wilders wins, Muslims lose in latest Prophet Mohammed cartoon furore

Geert Wilders is back in the headlines, thanks to a controversial Prophet Mohammed cartoon competition, which has caused a furore in Pakistan. But the race for Europe's toughest anti-Muslim politician has several other contestants, writes Shada Islam.
Elections 31-07-2018

Bannon’s attempt to bring ‘Trumpism’ to Brussels

Steve Bannon, former aide and political guru to US President Donald Trump, has a new mission: he wants to unite right-wing and populist parties in the European Union.
Politics 10-07-2018

Transparency International reveals MEPs’ additional income

MEPs’ outside income raises questions : some MEPs (particularly on the far-right) take part in activities which are likely to lead to conflicts of interest, without the European Parliament taking the slightest action. EURACTIV.fr reports
Elections 16-05-2018

Macron’s party seen outperforming French rivals in 2019 EU elections

French President Emmanuel Macron's party is seen easily outperforming its rivals in next year's European Parliament elections, the first poll on the issue showed on Wednesday (16 May), which could give a boost to his EU reform plans.

France’s lower house approves controversial bill to tighten asylum rules

France’s lower house approved by a large majority on Sunday (22 April) a bill that would tighten asylum rules and make punishable by one year in jail the illegal crossing of borders,  after tense debates that created the first cracks within President Emmanuel Macron’s party.
Politics 07-03-2018

EU Parliament to claim €427,000 from National Front over expenses abuse

The European Parliament could claim €427,000 from Marine Le Pen’s political group in the European Parliament for “unreasonable” and “non-compliant” expenses. EURACTIV.fr reports.
Elections 28-02-2018

How the National Front burnt its fingers with a fabricated video

A former campaign director from the far-right National Front party openly admitted on Twitter that he circulated a fabricated video during the French presidential campaign. EURACTIV.com looks into the story as part of the ‘Fact or Fake’ series, in partnership with France 24.
Elections 18-12-2017

In Prague, Europe’s far-right celebrates the Austrian coalition

Europe's far-right leaders including Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders on Saturday (16 December) hailed as "historic" the government coalition deal struck by their Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) peer with the conservatives.
Elections 08-12-2017

Italy’s far-right attacks newspaper premises as ‘black wave’ continues

A group of far-right activists attacked Italy’s La Repubblica newsroom with smoke bombs on Wednesday (6 December), in the latest of a series of violent episodes by neo-fascist groups who say they are waging "a political war".
Politics 05-10-2017

French radical left attacks the European flag

Attacking the European flag is no longer a prerogative of the far-right, as Jean Luc Mélenchon’s party "France Insoumise" have a go at it. EURACTIV France reports.
Elections 24-04-2017

Germany’s AfD picks election drive leaders, shift to right

The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Sunday (23 April) chose a tough-talking former member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives and an economist to lead its campaign for a September election in a line-up likely to drag the group further right.
Future EU 27-03-2017

Le Pen says the EU ‘will die’, globalists to be defeated

The European Union will disappear, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen told a rally on Sunday (26 March), promising to shield France from globalisation as she sought to fire up her supporters in the final four weeks before voting gets underway.
Elections 16-03-2017

Dutch election offers huge relief for other EU governments

Exit polls showing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (VVD) far ahead of Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV) were greeted with relief in Brussels yesterday night (15 March), amid fears of a surge in populism in Europe, with elections in France and Germany still to come in 2017.
Elections 27-02-2017

Le Pen still has chance of presidential victory

With the polls narrowing and one of her main rivals embroiled in an expenses scandal, far-right leader Marine Le Pen could feasibly become French president in May, senior politicians and commentators say.
Elections 24-02-2017

Trans-Europe Express: National Front Multiculturalism

Marine Le Pen in Lebanon? The idea is almost preposterous.
Elections 23-02-2017

Le Pen aide charged as Macron wins key ally

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron won the support of a key centrist yesterday (22 February), hailing it as a turning point in his campaign, as an aide to his far-right rival Marine Le Pen was charged in a fake jobs scandal.
Central Europe 17-02-2017

Trans-Europe Express | Soros: Return of the scapegoat

If his name were Bill Gates, he’d be treated differently. But, after decades of serving as a scapegoat for conspiracy theorists, the former György Schwartz, AKA Hungarian-American philanthropist George Soros, must be used to it by now.
Elections 29-01-2017

Schulz bashes Trump in campaign to unseat Merkel as German chancellor

Former European Parliament President Martin Schulz slammed Donald Trump for planning to build a wall at the US-Mexico border and supporting torture during a speech today (29 January) after Social Democratic Party leaders endorsed him as their candidate to take on Angela Merkel.
Elections 17-01-2017

Analyst: Dutch vote to set off Europe’s ‘super election year’

Dutch voters head to crunch parliamentary polls in two months’ time, heralding the start of a "super election year" in three of Europe's leading economies: The Netherlands, France and Germany.
Elections 09-01-2017

Germany’s Gabriel says EU breakup no longer unthinkable

Germany's insistence on austerity in the euro zone has left Europe more divided than ever and a break-up of the European Union is no longer inconceivable, German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told Der Spiegel magazine.
Elections 05-01-2017

Ukraine moves to blacklist Le Pen over Crimea comments

Ukraine indicated on Wednesday (4 January) that it would bar French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen from entering the country after comments she made that appeared to legitimise Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.
Marine Le Pen
Elections 03-01-2017

New film featuring Le Pen character angers France’s far-right

A film about rising nationalism in Europe featuring a character similar to French far-right leader Marine Le Pen is set to hit screens in France two months ahead of elections - and Le Pen's allies are furious.
Elections 14-12-2016

Populist earthquakes make 2017 the great unknown

Donald Trump and Brexit: 2016 was a year of populist earthquakes on both sides of the Atlantic, spelling huge uncertainty for upcoming European elections and the direction of US policy.