The European Union enters 2017 under pressure from both external and internal forces, facing challenges on all fronts and experiencing a surge by anti-EU nationalists across the continent itself. Who will have the biggest impact on the sequel to what has been an annus horribilis for the bloc?
The party of populist anti-Islam Dutch MP Geert Wilders has risen strongly in the polls since the lawmaker was tried and convicted of discrimination, according to a survey published Sunday (11 December).
The world's current international hotspots - Iran, the Baltics, NATO and North Korea - reacted with deliberate caution on Wednesday (9 November) to Donald Trump's establishment-defying victory in the US presidential election.
Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders vowed Thursday (7 July) to press ahead with his hoped-for referendum to leave the EU despite the Brexit turmoil, and to close the Netherlands' borders to Muslim immigrants.
After Brexit, the movement for referendums on EU membership has picked up momentum in other countries. It is even becoming a central theme of France's 2017 presidential campaigns. EURACTIV France reports.
Dutch voters on Wednesday (6 April) rejected a European pact with Ukraine in a referendum seen as a barometer of anti-EU feeling, dealing an embarrassing blow to the government in charge of the rotating EU presidency, sending shockwaves throughout the Union.
While Germany has surprised the world with its welcome of refugees, Greece, Macedonia, Hungary and Denmark are growing hostile towards them, despite the fact that asylum seekers show no interest in settling there.
As Europe grapples with its biggest wave of migration since World War Two, the Netherlands is about to toughen its asylum policy by cutting off food and shelter for people who fail to qualify as refugees.
The French National Front has punished Jean-Marie Le Pen for describing the gas chambers of the Holocaust as a "detail" of history, but enforcing discipline among their European Parliament allies could prove harmful to their fledgling political group. EURACTIV France reports.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s National Front, will today (16 June) announce the creation of Europe of Nations and Freedoms, a new far-right European Parliament group that will qualify for up to €17.5 million of EU money over the next four years.
Holland's ruling coalition reached an agreement on Wednesday (22 April) over providing shelter to thousands of failed asylum seekers, ending an 11-day dispute that had threatened to bring down the government.
Dutch far-right populist lawmaker Geert Wilders and leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) rallied thousands of Pegida followers in eastern Germany yesterday (13 April) to counter society's "Islamisation" but failed to draw the record crowds organisers had hoped for.
Far-right parties from the Netherlands and France have failed to form an anti-European Union parliamentary group in the European Parliament, Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders said in a statement late on Monday.
The Dutch MEP Bas Belder announced on Monday (16 June) that he was joining the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) group in the EU Parliament, dealing yet another blow to Nigel Farage’s bid to form a Eurosceptic faction in the Strasbourg-based Assembly.
Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group was hit Tuesday night (10 June) by reports that Lithuania’s Order and Justice Party had followed Italy’s Lega Nord in defecting to Marine Le Pen’s alliance of far right parties, as the UKIP leader told EURACTIV he would ditch his European Parliament seat if elected to Britain's House of Commons next year.
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