Despite the Conservative 'victory' in the UK election, the big story is that the Labour Party led by Jeremy Corbyn -- a barely reconstructed Marxist who has befriended Islamist terror groups -- did so well. As in continental Europe, democracy as we have known it in Britain now faces a real and worrying challenge
The real story of France's elections for the European project is that mass opposition to the EU is now right at the heart of the French political agenda. France is probably where Britain was a decade ago. Frexit in 10 years, anyone?
Macron will win the French elections only because he is not Marine Le Pen. But euroscepticism is surging in France as evidenced by the fact 46% in the first round voted for fiercely eurosceptic candidates. That reality will endure after Sunday's presidential run off
Globalization feeds a sense of injustice, and loss of cultural identity. But there is no going back to pre-globalization. Trump and France's Le Pen are not the same, but their supporters are driven by many similar concerns, some legitimate. Elites need to take them seriously, or populism could get uglier still. What happens next in France will be instructive
Populism, today exemplified by Marine Le Pen in France and Donald Trump in America, is not new in Western democracies. They're making headway because the mainstream has not formulated workable strategies on immigration and Islamist terrorism