1. Farage Revives Euroskeptic Group, Admits Polish Right Winger

    The United Kingdom Independence Party appears to have less qualms than he used to about working with radicals.

    Less than a week after he was forced to dissolve his group in the European Parliament, the United Kingdom Independence Party's Nigel Farage allied with a radical Polish libertarian on Monday to reclaim his position as Euroskeptic leader. Farage's…
  1. French Economy Minister Seeks to Buy Time with Deregulation

    Emmanuel Macron hopes economic reforms can convince the rest of Europe to give France more time to reduce its deficit.

    France's economy minister, Emmanuel Macron, unveiled a series of economic reforms on Wednesday that are meant to convince the country's European Union partners it is committed to liberalization even as it fails to meet the bloc's…
  1. Farage’s Euroskeptic Alliance Collapses, Opportunity for Le Pen, Wilders?

    The collapse of Nigel Farage’s bloc could be a chance for the Dutch and French nationalists to form a rival alliance.

    British Euroskeptic party leader Nigel Farage's group in the European Parliament collapsed on Thursday when Latvian Farmers' Union member Iveta Grigule resigned from the alliance. The Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group, which is dominated by…
  1. Liberal Belgian Premier Unveils Labor, Pension Reforms

    Charles Michel emphasizes labor market and pension reforms in his first speech to parliament as prime minister.

    Belgium's incoming prime minister Charles Michel emphasized labor and pension reforms in his first speech to parliament on Tuesday as head of a coalition of right wing parties. Alternating between Dutch and French, Michel, whose liberal…
  1. All Is Not Well in Germany But Merkel’s Coalition Slow to Act

    To sustain Germany’s competitiveness, the government needs to invest. But the ruling parties have different priorities.

    When Marcel Fratzscher published Die Deutschland Illusion last month, it set off quite a bit of self-reflection in Europe's largest economy. But whether its central message -- that although Germany is now outperforming its peers, its future growth prospects could be dim --…
  1. Germany’s Christian Democrats Underestimate Alternative Challenge

    As long as Angela Merkel’s party is rooted in the center, there will be space for a conservative party on the right.

    Germany's ruling christian democrats seem to underestimate the political challenge the Euroskeptic Alternative für Deutschland party poses to them. This is not a fringe movement, as many in Chancellor Angela Merkel's party would like to believe. Rather, the…
  1. Italy’s Renzi Wins Senate’s Backing for Labor Reforms

    The reformists prime minister clears one parliamentary hurdle but must make haste to liberalize his nation’s job market.

    Italy's prime minister, Matteo Renzi, won his Senate's backing for labor reforms early on Thursday, clearing the first parliamentary hurdle in a months long process to liberalize the country's morose jobs market. After a marathon Senate session in Rome, even all of Renzi's own Democratic Party lawmakers…
  1. Belgian Right Wing Parties Close to Forming Government

    Christian democrat, liberal and Flemish nationalist parties are expected to finalize a coalition deal after five months of talks.

    Almost five months after parliamentary elections saw huge gains for Flanders' nationalists, Belgium's right wing parties are expected to finalize a coalition deal later this week. Among the most notable policy changes they are likely to enact is a two year…
  1. In Bid to Divide Europe, Russia Expands “Gas War” to Slovakia

    Seemingly bent on dividing Europe, Russia cuts natural gas supplies to one of its former satellite states.

    Russia appeared to expand its retaliation against Western sanctions on Thursday by cutting in half its natural gas flows to European Union member state Slovakia. Prime Minister Robert Fico told a news conference in Bratislava…