As France elects a new president, the candidates' economic programs are being scrutinized. Michael Wohlgemuth from the Open Europe think tank looks at what Le Pen, Macron and others have to offer.
Fighting populism and xenophobia, and championing human rights is bearing fruit, according to Human Rights Watch's World Report 2018. France leads the way, Germany is a mixed bag, the US and Britain are falling behind.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was used to being Europe's leading figure. But now, French President Emmanuel Macron is gradually taking over her role. Still, both depend on each other.
International banking giants HSBC and Societe Generale are being taken to court by France's far-right National Front (FN) leader Marine le Pen. She has accused them of discrimination after they closed her accounts.
French President Emmanuel Macron has received Europe’s Charlemagne Prize. At talks in Paris on Lebanon, he’s also called for Middle East calm after the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
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