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Far-Right Leader Leads French Presidential Poll

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 01.29.2015 | World

The leader of France's far-right National Front party came out on top in a new poll on potential 2017 presidential candidates. The survey, published i...

Demagoguery Is the Last Thing France Needs

Corinne Narassiguin | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Corinne Narassiguin

Her tactics are always the same: mixing obvious statements with half-truths, and sometimes outright lies under the guise of common sense, finding all French political leaders but her guilty of incompetence and hypocrisy.

Michel Houellebecq: Novelist

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.21.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Strange indeed, the story of Michel Houellebecq's latest novel, Soumission, which appeared just before the attack on Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead, like an advance echo of the terrible events that have plunged France into mourning, and scaring stiff not only the author's friends but Houellebecq himself.

France's Far-Right Sees Big Boost Following Charlie Hebdo Attacks

www.buzzfeed.com | Posted 01.20.2015 | World

Encouraging poll numbers, a changing, more youthful image, and a fearful political and economic climate: These are the ingredients the National Front ...

Nothing Is Sacred

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Neither public servants nor clergy nor holy books nor heroes are infallible. Battling obscurantism does not mean we are saints of any kind. It means we will not accept a tyrant's bogus paradise, and are free to form our own words and images and make up our own minds.

No, the Paris Tragedy Won't Bring About a Len Pen Presidency

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
Kevin A. Lees

There's a simple reason why a Le Pen presidential victory, though not impossible, remains incredibly implausible -- and that's as true today as it was last week or last month. It's because France, like many countries around the world, has a runoff presidential system.

Europe's Coming Battle

John Feffer | Posted 01.15.2015 | World
John Feffer

If these murders do not constitute a war, they nonetheless point to a deep conflict inside Europe. This conflict is not over whose religion is the one true religion. It is about the very identity of Europe.

Through Denial, France Has Created Its Own Monsters

Rokhaya Diallo | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Rokhaya Diallo

What has happened to our "Country of Enlightenment"? France has always bragged about being a model of coexistence where the universalist and color blind philosophy of our Republic was supposed to protect us from racial tension. If we don't want our country to plunge into the abyss, the republican fable we are telling has to come to an end.

Specter Of Fascist Past Haunts European Nationalism

Reuters | Jacob Heilbrunn | Posted 01.13.2015 | World

When up to a dozen world leaders and roughly 1.5 million people gathered in Paris on Sunday to mourn the murder of 10 editors and cartoonists of the s...

The Political Consequences of Inequality

Harlan Green | Posted 01.08.2015 | Business
Harlan Green

Europe is now suffering the same fate, with conservative governments in control and the debtor nations such as Greece still being punished, while Germany flourishes as it protects its own interests rather than that of the EU as a whole

Paris Attack Raises Fears Of Right-Wing Surge

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 01.08.2015 | World

BERLIN (AP) — A day after terror struck Paris, Europe's far-right and anti-immigrant parties pressed home the message that has fueled their resurgen...

Piketty: 'The Myth Of National Sovereignty Helps Big Corporations Screw Us Over'

The European | Max Tholl and Florian Guckelsberger | Posted 01.05.2015 | World

French economist Thomas Piketty has put inequality back on the map and is being hailed as the Karl Marx of the 21st century. He talked to Max Thol...

Ukraine: Poroshenko, Putin, the West, and a New Marshall Plan

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Europe's fate hangs in the balance in Ukraine. When Ukrainians fight for Ukraine, they're fighting for all of Europe. And that's worth fighting for.

Yom Kippur 5775: Israeli Liberals Are in Pain

Carlo Strenger | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Carlo Strenger

While I can humanly and psychologically understand why fear pushes many Israelis to the right, I cannot help feeling, along with many of my friends, that the country is moving so far away from our ideals and values that we are becoming strangers in our own land.

The Big Chill Facing France's Jews

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

French Jews certainly have had enough of all this. Are we still at home, they ask themselves, in this strange country where the vilest anti-Zionism, the stubbornest Holocaust denial, and the murkiest competition for victimhood are combining to produce a new and potentially devastating form of anti-Semitism?

French Far-right Fails To Form EU Parliament Bloc

AP | Posted 06.24.2014 | World

PARIS (AP) — France's far-right National Front has failed to form a political group in the European Parliament by Tuesday's deadline, crippling the ...

Sudden Rise of Far Right Groups in EU Parliament Rings Alarm Bells Across Europe

Elinadav Heymann | Posted 08.19.2014 | World
Elinadav Heymann

Each have a racially motivated party, more or less based on Nazi ideology and an authoritarian party structure defined by racism, anti-Semitism and violence.

Europe's Populist Reformation

John Feffer | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
John Feffer

Journalists and pundits are treating this nationalism-inflected populism as if it were somehow a new phenomenon. In fact, this populism can be traced back to the end of the Cold War.

French Right-Wing Party In Trouble Over Anti-Semitic Remark

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.09.2014 | World

One of the big winner's of Europe's parliamentary elections, France's National Front Party, is embroiled in scandal and infighting after recent remark...

Europe: The Sky's Not Falling

Conn Hallinan | Posted 08.06.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

The neo-Nazis and immigrant bashers will make a lot of noise, but they offer nothing but hate as an economic solution. The left has a better one, and they are back.

Toward a Government of National Unity in France

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

France is in danger. In Sunday's elections for the European Parliament, a quarter of France's citizens voted for the worst, choosing the party that was not only anti-Europe but also anti-France.

Anti-Immigration Movement Founded By Man Convicted Of Anti-Semitism Leads France's Polls

AP | ELAINE GANLEY and ANGELA CHARLTON | Posted 05.27.2014 | World

PARIS (AP) — An anti-immigration movement founded by a man repeatedly convicted of anti-Semitism now leads polls in France. The mainstream conservat...

France: The Makeover of the National Front

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 07.27.2014 | World
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

The National Front's victory on May 25 is a warning shot for the 2017 presidential elections, particularly for the Socialist Party of François Hollande, who has already said he will not run if he cannot improve the unemployment rate.

In European Elections, Populism is Against People's Interests

Nicolas Berggruen | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Nicolas Berggruen

Amidst veritable media frenzy, we hear the populists and their critiques loud and clear. It is time that someone stand up for the European project. So let us make the argument loudly: a strong, increasingly federal Europe is the best path to freedom, prosperity, and influence in the world. Interconnectedness is a reality, not a choice. In our era of globalization, national regulation is far less effective than continental regulation, which protects consumers from monopolies and unfair practices. From energy to roaming charges, the EU can regulate imperfect matters more effectively than national bodies ever could. In financial markets, the EU has been at the forefront of better regulation to prevent another crisis: from limits on bonuses to the European Central Bank's banking union, we are building a more resilient banking system to protect both depositors and taxpayers alike. Meanwhile the European single market is the key achievement of the Union that has improved standards of living for citizens in every single member state. Today, it provides a strong incentive for countries in the Union to support each other, a truth born out during the financial crisis.

Foreign Climate: Why European Right-Wingers Should Be Tree Huggers

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

Although the European right wing parties have varied programs they all have at least two points in common. They are not really concerned with global warming, but rather focus their political efforts on xenophobic concerns.