The globetrotter confined: the hardening of Geert Wilders

By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM, Feb 28 : Since the evening in 2004 when policemen arrived unannounced to escort him and his wife to safety, Geert Wilders has lived in safe houses under 24-hour guard to protect him from Islamist militants who threatened to kill him. Film-maker Theo van Gogh had been shot, stabbed and nearly […]

France’s disillusioned farmers turn to Le Pen

By Johnny Cotton Plesse, France, Feb 27 : France’s presidential pretenders will this week make mandatory campaign stops at the annual Paris farm fair as polls show farmers increasingly tempted by the far-right’s Marine Le Pen when they even bother to vote at all. Though only a fraction of the population still works in the […]

UK May’s Conservatives gain parliamentary seat as rivals suffer election setbacks

By-election defeats highlight problems for Labour and UKIP * Labour holds safe seat in Stoke as UKIP fail to make headway By Darren Staples and Phil Noble STOKE-ON-TRENT/WHITEHAVEN, England, Feb 24 : British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives secured a landmark victory in a parliamentary by-election today, boosting her hand ahead of upcoming Brexit negotiations […]

UK’s Labour and anti-EU UKIP face questions after damaging election defeats

By Darren Staples and Phil Noble STOKE-ON-TRENT/WHITEHAVEN, England, Feb 24 : Britain’s opposition Labour Party and the populist UK Independence Party suffered damaging defeats at separate parliamentary by-elections today, raising serious questions about the long-term electoral prospects of both parties. Labour won the Stoke-on-Trent Central seat by a comfortable albeit reduced margin over the anti-European […]

Questions for anti-EU UKIP as Britain’s Labour holds onto parliamentary seat

By Darren Staples STOKE-ON-TRENT, England, Feb 24 : Britain’s opposition Labour Party won a parliamentary by-election today, fending off the UK Independence Party and raising questions about the populist anti-European Union party’s electoral credentials. Labour won the Stoke-on-Trent Central seat by a comfortable albeit reduced margin over UKIP which had fielded its leader and been […]

French centrist boosts Macron with alliance in presidential race

By Emmanuel Jarry and John Irish PARIS, Feb 22 : An influential French centrist politician today dropped out of the presidency race to form an alliance with independent candidate Emmanuel Macron – a potential game-changer in France’s tightly contested election. The announcement by Francois Bayrou, 65, a former education minister who has run for president […]