All you need to know

A quick guide to the French presidential election – said to be the least predictable in decades.

Will France’s next president be innovative?

France’s election is a test-bed for democratic renewal. However, without a more coherent understanding of how to be more democratic, it is unlikely that the next French president will be truly innovative, writes Stephen Boucher.

France’s turmoil makes Brexit seem tame

But both hold consequences for NATO and the European Union.

French tragedy or farce: the 2017 presidential election – 1

Why Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s late surge? Are we about to see de Gaulle’s fifth republic replaced by a sixth? And in 2017, what does a Citizens’ Revolution look like?

The two frontrunners in the French presidential election, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron, staged rival rallies in Paris on Monday, while outsider Mélenchon cruised through the capital on a barge.

French candidates in final election push

Macron and Le Pen are leading in polls, but Fillon and Melenchon also stand a chance in France’s most unpredictable vote in decades.

EU in threat over Hungary university and asylum moves

The EU’s executive says recent conservative moves by Hungary could conflict with EU law and values.

Serbs continue to protest election outcome

Ten days of protests against Serbia’s election results continued on 13 April, with Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić minimising their importance, and the opposition saying that the political system needs changing. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

70,000 march in Budapest to protest legislative attack on Central European University

Joe writes, “Hungarians rose up in one of the largest protests against the seven-year rule of right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Sunday, protesting against new legislation that could force out of the country one of its top international universities.”

Belgrade’s voices of protest

Having decided to protest until the bitter end, the students of Serbia have received the support of both the police union and the military – “Against dictatorship”, against nepotism and corruption

Racially-charged US memes spread to France

How American internet “warriors” took their fight to France’s elections.

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