Observations of an Expat: Going Dutch

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Tom Arms

Trump lost on Wednesday. I am not talking about the court ruling on version two of his travel ban. Neither am I talking about the mounting incredulity over his wiretapping claims and tax returns. I am talking about an event that took place 3,843 miles away from the White House on the other side of the Atlantic– the Dutch general election.

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Observations of an Expat: Mind The Gap

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Tom Arms

Mind the Gap. Three very familiar monosyllabic words for anyone who has travelled on the London Underground. The taped announcement is a warning to beware of the potentially dangerous space between the railway carriages and the platform. But it has a political meaning too.

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EU globalisation fears most acute in Austria and France

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Noah Barkin

Fear of globalisation is the most important factor in pushing European citizens towards populist right-wing parties and those fears are most acute in Austria and France, a survey by Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation showed on Wednesday.

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Thatcher admirer Fillon wins French Conservative presidential ticket

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Ingrid Melander and Michel Rose

Hardline reformist Francois Fillon scored a resounding win in France’s conservative primaries on Sunday, making him favourite to win a presidential election five months from now against the popular far-right and a deeply divided left.

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Fillon, Juppé, kick off race for support for French presidential ticket

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Richard Lough

Francois Fillon heads into a runoff campaign for France’s conservative presidential ticket on Monday as favourite after winning the endorsement of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy whom he ousted from the race after a stunning late surge in polls.

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