Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron face off for the soul of France

The two frontrunners in the French presidential election are poles apart: one stands for identity and culture; the other for globalism and free movement As Victor Hugo once proclaimed, we have not yet done with being French Marine Le Pen, launching her presidential campaign in Lyon on 4 February What keeps France united is the … Read more

‘We don’t have a life here’: refugees find scant solace in hardline Hungary

Rightwing government of Viktor Orbn is charging asylum seekers 1,200 to move them to open camps that prove to be anything but Pias, a young Iraqi refugee who made it to Hungary, was initially keen to show off his English. But after four months in a detention camp, fear and uncertainty had rendered him mute. … Read more

With a French partner, Im scared for my familys future post-Brexit

Hilary Freemans life has been turned upside down by the EU referendum vote she and her family feel like pawns in a very political game Have you heard the one about the British woman who married an immigrant just so she could leave the country? Thats the joke that Ive been telling, ever since 24 … Read more

Hungary submits plans to EU to detain all asylum seekers

Government spokesman says applicants would be held in shelters, and denies they would be detention centres tough position on migration, and said repeatedly clashed with the EU over its migration policy, including its decision to severely criticised by human rights groups such as Amnesty International, but Kovcs said access to the revised detention centres could … Read more

First on the White House agenda the collapse of the global order. Next, war? | Jonathan Freedland

Trumps allies yearn to wreck alliances that have kept the peace for decades. Progressives must preserve them Donald Trump he is the innermost member of the presidents inner circle and will have a permanent seat on the National Security Council, a privilege Trump has denied the head of the US military its worth taking a … Read more

UK and EU heading for economic cold war, says Italian foreign minister

Mario Giro says coming battle of interests could have terrible consequences for western world A senior Italian official has warned that the UK and the European Union are heading into an economic cold war over Brexit that could wreak havoc on the west and weaken the continent. Mario Giro, Italys deputy foreign minister, said that … Read more

Ireland appeals EU order to collect 13bn in back taxes from Apple

Dublin government argues it should be allowed to choose how much it levies on foreign companies Ireland will appeal the European Unions order to force it to collect a record 13bn in taxes from Apple, the Irish government has said. The Irish finance departments announcement on Monday comes nearly four months after EU competition authorities … Read more

This is the most dangerous time for our planet | Stephen Hawking

We cant go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the worlds great universities. Within that town, the scientific … Read more

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