Varadkar no friend of Brexit

In recent travels and public statements, Ireland’s new Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar has made clear he is no friend of Brexit. By toying with brinkmanship he betrays a shallow appreciation for his nation’s historically close relationship with the UK. Rather than cross his arms and lament the democratic choice of Britons, Varadkar needs to mature as a political representative and deal with his neighbours in good faith.

Euroscepticism is alive and well in France

The first round of France’s presidential election produced no clear winner, attesting to the country’s political transformation. Regardless of who wins on May 7, they will have to deal with a fractured parliament resulting from June’s legislative elections to pass laws. If the first round of the presidential election is any indication, there will be an important uptick of eurosceptic voices, agreeing on a strong stance vis-à-vis Brussels on everything from budgetary oversight to regulatory encroachment or international trade.

A eurosceptic’s guide to the French election

All eyes are on France as the first round of its presidential election fast approaches. Unlike previous elections, the traditional centre-left and centre-right parties are lagging behind newer or more radical political movements in the polls, making it very difficult to predict who will occupy the Élysée Palace after May 7. This post identifies France’s eurosceptic candidates, underscoring the ideological diversity of euroscepticism.