The Republic may well be secular – yet when the results of the first round came in that evening, many electors must have offered up a prayer in gratitude.
Returning to the frontline of Europe’s beleaguered battle against austerity.
The EU has been pummelled by crises for years and these days the mood in Brussels is appalling. What lies ahead could be even worse.
Short-term peace for PR purposes, long-term ego clashes.
Relations between Russia and the US look set to enter a new chapter.
The EU's executive body is suffering a credibility crisis after a German official was filmed making controversial comments about the Chinese and gay marriage.
Angry, unpredictable, self-absorbed and a danger to the world – the many similarities between Donald Trump and Germany’s last emperor.
The French press is speculating about Ségolène Royal replacing François Hollande as the Socialist candidate.
Old folks dancing, a toy monkey and thirty Swiss francs a day. I never want to come home again.
Grutas Park, in Lithuania, is one of the world's strangest tourist attractions. But it also forces us to ask: how should we commemorate genocide?
It was the only bank this summer to fail a European stress test, requiring emergency recapitalisation. What next for Siena's "critical lung”?
Twenty years ago, Labour won a landslide on a tide of optimism. Where did it all go wrong?
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