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Articles by Charles Richardson

France gets a new prime minister

French president Fran├žois Hollande responds to defeat in local elections by a bold shift to the right. His new prime minister evokes memories of Nicolas Sarkozy.

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A bad day for M. Hollande

As expected, France’s local elections were a disaster for the incumbent Socialist Party. Fran├žois Hollande may be looking for a new prime minister, new policies, or both.

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Another incumbent falls short

Slovakian voters have turned down their prime minister’s bid to become president, voting instead for a hire-purchase entrepreneur turned philanthropist.

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Election news from around the world

This week in our semi-regular roundup: news from Serbia, Slovakia, El Salvador, Maldives and Algeria.

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Trouble on the far right

Europe’s far-right, anti-immigrant and eurosceptic parties are not one big happy family. Far from it.

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French local elections for beginners

The far-right National Front has done well in the first round of France’s local elections. Here’s what you need to know to understand the results.

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Crimea’s gone, but it’s not World War III

Crimea is one thing, eastern Ukraine is quite another. And we’re a long way off having to worry about Poland and the Baltic states.

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On to a second round in Slovakia

Slovakia’s prime minister is trying to become president, but his performance in the first round was disappointing. It’s another setback for the European left.

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Update on religion and discrimination

Religious fundamentalists don’t like being caught by anti-discrimination laws, but they’re happy to use the same laws for their own benefit.

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Big win for incumbents in Serbia

The Serbian Progressive Party has been triumphantly re-elected in Serbia, bringing the country further into the European mainstream.

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