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FN on the rise

The far-right Front National has emerged strengthened from France's regional elections. Party leader Marine Le Pen gained ground particularly among young voters. What lies behind the rise in popularity that could make her France's next president in 2017?

Zeit Online - Germany | Monday, 14. December 2015

Berlin is Le Pen's best campaign aid

In calling on the euro states to follow its economic policy based on trade surpluses Berlin is contributing to the electoral success of the far-right Front National and other right-wing populists, the liberal web portal Zeit Online believes: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Wednesday, 16. December 2015

More Merkel to counter the people's fears

The success of far-right parties, as seen most recently in France, calls for a resolute response from political leaders, the Christian-social daily Trouw warns: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Tuesday, 15. December 2015

Front National can only be tackled politically

The success of the Socialists' strategy for preventing the far-right Front National from gaining any mandates in the second round of France's regional elections is only temporary, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera contends: » more

Les Echos - France | Monday, 14. December 2015

Coalitions are the recipe against Le Pen

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, 14. December 2015

Front National really is just a protest party

The Front National's failure to repeat its success in the first round of the French regional elections will be a major problem for the far-right party, comments the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Sunday, 13. December 2015

Le Pen's defeat deceptive

The far-right Front National was unable to gain control of any of France's 13 regional councils in the second round of voting on Sunday. But the party's failure is not as clear as it looks at first glance, the liberal daily Le Soir believes: » more

The Economist - United Kingdom | Thursday, 10. December 2015

Stop the right by going to the polls

Politicians like Front National leader Marine Le Pen in France and US Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in the US are doing so well in the polls despite their racist comments because a large proportion of the moderate majority in these nations no longer votes, the liberal weekly magazine The Economist complains: » more

Libération - France | Wednesday, 9. December 2015

Front National profits from weak opponents

The success of the far-right Front National is mainly due to the lack of alternatives offered by the traditional parties, the centre-left daily Libération comments: » more

Trouw - Netherlands | Wednesday, 9. December 2015

Anti-Islam tirades sadly attracting voters

Donald Trump's calls for a ban on Muslims entering the country marks a new low in the US election campaign, writes the Christian-social daily Trouw observes, drawing parallels with Europe: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Wednesday, 9. December 2015

Hollande's zig-zag course on Islam helps Le Pen

The French Socialists are hoping to prevent the Front National from winning the second round of the regional elections with tactical manoeuvres. But President Hollande's own party is also to blame for the far right's success, the centre-left daily De Morgen points out: » more

Neatkarīgā - Latvia | Tuesday, 8. December 2015

Exodus to Europe: Hermanis boldly speaking the truth

Latvian theatre director Alvis Hermanis justified cancelling his show at Hamburg's Thalia Theatre with the argument that Germany's policy of open borders represents a threat for Europe as it allows in terrorists along with refugees. Hermanis is doing the right thing by breaking a taboo, the national-conservative daily Neatkarīgā writes in praise: » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Tuesday, 8. December 2015

Victory has repercussions for all of Europe

The Front National's election victory will have consequences for all Europe, the liberal daily De Standaard predicts: » more

Le Monde - France | Monday, 7. December 2015

Céline Alduy mourns France's critical spirit

The election victory of the Front National is conveying a new image of France, literary scholar Cécile Alduy writes in the centre-left daily Le Monde: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 8. December 2015

Republican front must stop Le Pen

Only if the main parties pursue a joint strategy can they prevent the Front National from winning the presidential elections in 2017, the centre-left daily El País warns: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 7. December 2015

Alliance against Front National a mistake

It is a mistake on the part of the Socialists to refrain from having their own candidates run in three regions, the conservative daily the Financial Times writes with an eye to the second round of the regional elections in France: » more

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 8. December 2015

Get non-voters back on board

Only the voters who didn't cast their ballots on Sunday can prevent a victory for the Front National (FN) in the second round of the regional elections, writes the centre-left daily Berliner Zeitung: » more

L'Opinion - France | Sunday, 6. December 2015

Revolution in the party landscape

If the Socialist want to prevent the Front National from winning they will have to withdraw their own candidates from the second round in certain regions to give the conservatives better chances, the liberal business paper L'Opinion believes: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Sunday, 6. December 2015

Far right has a long tradition in France

The appeal that far-right ideas exert on large sections of the French population dates back to the late 19th century, comments the centre-left daily The Guardian: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Monday, 7. December 2015

Voters dominated by a fear of terror

The election result was determined solely by the terror, complains the centre-left daily La Repubblica: » more


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