Untested, undefinable Macron nears pinnacle of French power

/ Apr 25, 2017

Untested, undefinable Macron nears pinnacle of French power

Emmanuel Macron is an improbable presidential front-runner — he’s relatively young, politically untested, has no party backing and quotes philosophers in campaign speeches. And he is leading a pro-Europe campaign at a time of deep euro-skepticism. Yet the tenacious 39-year-old with strong pro-business views ...

/ Mar 19, 2017

Abe sets off on 4-day trip to Europe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe left Japan on Sunday for a four-day European trip that will see him make stops in Germany, France, the European Union headquarters in Brussels and Italy. According to government officials, Abe wants to help lay the groundwork for a successful ...

French Socialists nominate left-winger Hamon for president

/ Jan 30, 2017

French Socialists nominate left-winger Hamon for president

France’s divided Socialists picked left-winger Benoit Hamon as their presidential nominee Sunday, in the latest twist of a roller-coaster election race that has seen conservative front-runner Francois Fillon engulfed in scandal. Near-definitive results from a Socialist primary runoff vote Sunday showed Hamon beating his ...

Valls: man on a mission to save the French left

/ Dec 4, 2016

Valls: man on a mission to save the French left

Prime Minister Manuel Valls has a reputation for never ducking a fight. But France’s former top cop may be about to embark on his biggest battle yet. All eyes are on the Spanish-born premier after President Francois Hollande on Thursday took the country by ...

French left seeks candidate after Hollande bows out

/ Dec 2, 2016

French left seeks candidate after Hollande bows out

French President Francois Hollande’s dramatic decision not to seek a second term next year leaves the left-wing field open in an election that is proving increasingly unpredictable. Hollande announced Thursday he would not seek re-election next April, bowing to historic low approval ratings. “I ...