France’s left-wing presidential hopefuls unveil their platforms

France’s left-wing presidential hopefuls unveil their platforms

Former prime minister Manuel Valls and Vincent Peillon, an MEP and former education minister, unveiled their respective presidential platforms Tuesday as they gear up to compete with five other left-wing contenders in France’s April-May elections. The fellow Socialist Party politicians agreed on the need to revive the European Union, but diverged on the national budget […]

French voters urge ex-minister Taubira to join left-wing presidential primary

French voters urge ex-minister Taubira to join left-wing presidential primary

An online petition urging former justice minister Christiane Taubira to join France’s upcoming left-wing presidential primary has gained tens of thousands of signatures, amid fears the ruling Socialist Party is headed for an election drubbing. The petition had garnered around 68,000 signatures on the website Change.org by Thursday evening, one week after it was first […]

French presidential hopefuls hold final rallies ahead of right-wing primary

French presidential hopefuls hold final rallies ahead of right-wing primary

  The frontrunners of France’s right-wing presidential primary held their final campaign rallies across the country on Friday, hoping to win over voters two days ahead of a poll that still appears to be up for grabs. French conservatives on Sunday are being asked to pick their preferred candidate from a field of seven politicians […]

Why the West’s right wing admires Vladimir Putin

Why the West’s right wing admires Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin is widely admired by right-wing leaders in Western democracies – including Donald Trump, Nigel Farage and Marine Le Pen – a stark reversal from when conservatives were the staunchest of Cold Warriors. Autocratic Russian President Vladimir Putin has garnered much admiration in recent years from a bevy of right-wing politicians who […]

Right-wing rivals aim jabs at Sarkozy in presidential primary debate

Right-wing rivals aim jabs at Sarkozy in presidential primary debate

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy faced a series of verbal attacks on Thursday night, as right-wing rivals sparred in the first of three presidential primary debates. Sarkozy was forced on the defensive on the debate stage, saying he was unjustly hounded by legal investigations, while fending off attacks by former party chief Jean-François Coppé and […]

Poland’s ruling right-wing party rejects abortion ban after protests

Poland’s ruling right-wing party rejects abortion ban after protests

Lawmakers with Poland’s ruling right-wing party voted in a tumultuous parliamentary commission session to reject a proposal for a total ban on abortion. The decision appeared to doom an effort to add further limits to what is already one of Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws. However, the proposal must still go to a vote to […]

List of candidates for French right-wing presidential primary unveiled

List of candidates for French right-wing presidential primary unveiled

Election authorities on Wednesday unveiled a list of seven candidates competing for France’s conservative presidential nomination, a race that is widely expected to become a duel between ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy and Bordeaux Mayor Alain Juppé. Touted as the country’s centre and right-wing presidential primary, the contest in fact includes six members of the main opposition […]