Europe's East

Macron, the anti-Trump

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By Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea

Macron winning the French presidency would be more than just a breath of fresh air for the European Union: it would an undeniable victory of Enlightenment values against the populist threat, argues Beatriz Becerra.

"POST-TRUTH, POST-WEST, POST-ORDER?" PREVIEW OF THE MSC 2017 IN BERLIN

The international security order today is probably more volatile than at any other point after the end of World War II." With these words, Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, chairman of the Munich Security Conference, welcomed the about 300 guests of the traditional MSC Kick-off event at the Bavarian Representation in Berlin on February 13, 2017.

The Wilders effect

By TOM-JAN MEEUS

Just over a month before the Netherlands heads to elections on March 15, conventional wisdom in political circles has it that the man expected to win — right-wing rabble-rouser Geert Wilders — will be unable to form a governing coalition.

Catalonia trial stirs frustration as another referendum looms

By Mike Woods

In Spain, some forty thousand people gathered at a Barcelona courthouse Monday in support of former Catalonia regional leader Artur Mas and two other politicians, as they went on trial for organising an independence referendum in November 2014. Underlying the trial is a sense of frustration with Madrid’s position on Catalonian independence as the region’s government promises another referendum for this year.