The German Chancellor faces a rebellion from her Bavarian allies on the question of immigration – and is pleading for more time before the EU summit.
Michael McManus uses the theatre to explore the potential for an anti-immigrant party to break away not from the Tories, but from Labour.
Crossbench votes are always crucial in the Upper House as it now is. But the decisive role in the Bill’s consideration may well be played by the Official Opposition.
To listen to some commentators a few weeks ago, you’d have thought it was only EU membership – not shared interests and values – that brings allies together.
Voters habitually opt for parties of the Right when times are tough, only to ditch them for the Left once there’s money to spare. But now populists seek to break the cycle.
If both of the main parties remain locked together in an unpopular pact, it creates more space in which new challengers can grow.
Conventional German politics is still paralysed because being German is still almost impossibly difficult, and being European is pretty difficult, too.
Berlin has a quite different, and far more leisurely, sense of time to London.
The columnist Steve Richards examines the rise of the modern demagogues, and their eventual, inevitable failure.
By seeing off Le Pen and electing the most ideologically pro-EU president since Giscard d’Estaing, France has changed the game.
Are we seeing a convulsion as great as 1968 – or even 1848?
But Germany faces conundrums of its own: how to save the euro, and how to lead in Europe without frightening everyone.
It is not so much like a parent or a nanny as a brother. Not Big Brother, to be sure, but Little Brother – to be treated both with sibling rivalry and understated love.
The rise of AfD poses a strategic challenge to the CDU: try to re-unite the right and lose voters to the left, or stick to Merkel’s guns and cede territory to an insurgent new force?
The first in a series of three articles on European countries and institutions – and their impact on Cameron’s renegotiation.