# Populism

Former Italian PM and leader of the right-wing party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi shows his ballot paper before casting his vote at a polling station in Milan on May 26, 2019. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
Former Italian PM and leader of the righ […]

Colourful and controversial figures win EU parliament seats

With an intake that includes youthful idealists, weathered political survivors and former fascists, the European Parliament looks set to play host to a colourful array of lawmakers.
ILLUSTRATION: A woman holds a European flag in the slot of a ballot box (posed photograph). From 23 to 26 May 2019, the citizens of the European Union will elect the European Parliament for the ninth time. Photo: Patrick Pleul/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB
ILLUSTRATION: A woman holds a European f […]

European far-right alliance celebrates ‘new chapter’ in Milan

Italy's deputy premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has invited European nationalist and far-right parties to a rally in Milan before the European Parliament elections, to discuss a potential alliance.
(L-R) Spanish conservative Popular Party (PP) leader Pablo Casado, far-left Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias, PM and PSOE candidate Pedro Sanchez and centre-right Ciudadanos (Citizens) leader Albert Rivera wait for the start of a televised debate in Madrid on April 23, 2019 ahead of this weekend's general election. Photo: Javier Soriano / AFP
(L-R) Spanish conservative Popular Party […]

Spanish election: Five things to know

A third general election in less than four years, the emergence of the far-right, the Catalan crisis... Here are five things to know about Spain's early polls taking place on Sunday.
Flags of the European Countries in front of the European Parliament. Photo: Rolf Haid/dpa
Flags of the European Countries in front […]

European elections: The EU’s Trump moment or business as usual?

EU officials worry that the European elections in a month's time could open the door to a new wave of populist, anti-EU politicians hell-bent on wrecking the bloc's modus operandi. But the populists' success will depend on their ability to work together.
Leader of The Finns Party Jussi Halla-aho (R) and Party Secretary Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo attend a parliamentary election party in Helsinki, Finland on April 14, 2019. Photo: Vesa Moilanen / Lehtikuva / AFP
Leader of The Finns Party Jussi Halla-ah […]

Finland’s far-right fires new warning ahead of EU polls

The strong performance of the far-right in Finland's elections has mirrored the strength of anti-immigrant parties across the continent, just over a month before European parliament elections.
Emmanuel Macron, President of France, speaks during the signing ceremony of the new Franco-German friendship treaty in the coronation hall of the town hall. The so-called Aachen Treaty follows on from the Élysee Treaty of Friendship signed by Adenauer and de Gaulle in 1963. Photo: Oliver Berg/dpa
Emmanuel Macron, President of France, sp […]

Macron urges far-reaching EU reform

French President proposed the creation of a European Agency for the Protection of Democracies, which would help EU nations protect their election processes from cyber-attacks and manipulation.
The new European Parliament will have 705 seats, down from the current 751 because of Britain's scheduled exit from the 28-nation bloc. Photo: Frederick Florin / AFP
The new European Parliament will have 70 […]

Eurosceptic forces set to gain in EU elections: polls

Eurosceptic populists are projected to make gains in European Parliamentary elections in May but mainstream political groups ought to retain their majority, opinion polls suggest.
From Left : French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas after signing the new Franco-German friendship pact, known as 'Treaty of Aachen' on the 56th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty signed in Paris.
From Left : French Foreign Minister Jean […]

Franco-German treaty signed amid ‘growing populism’ in Europe

The Treaty commits the two neighbours to increased cooperation on foreign and defence policy, crime and terrorism, international development and research and economic integration.