The opportunity for emerging political figures to make their mark is considerable.
Here are five political leaders from around the world who are emerging as significant talents and possible contenders for influence in 2017 and beyond.
Taking every opportunity.
The Front National leader is feeling confident after Brexit and Trump.
Austrian Freedom Party presidential candidate Norbert Hofer took the far right to the brink of victory in the recent election.
Radical right populists are on the brink of power in Austria and making gains across the region. And the European leaders who once were willing to publicly condemn them are silent now.
All across the continent, euroscepticism is offering a new outlet for old feelings.
No ink on these hands, see?
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Sweeping changes to employment law are of far greater concern than allegations that the Front National has been avoiding tax.
A man holds a giant pencil as tribute in a solidarity march for Charlie Hebdo victims
France was left reeling by the attacks of January 2015 and things only got worse as the year unfolded – so why the political inertia?
The French regional elections were far from a nationalist wipeout. But can Marine Le Pen make good on what the party has achieved?
Marine Le Pen’s awful night may be a blessing in disguise.
After storming the first round of France's regional elections, Marine Le Pen's far-right party has been humiliated. But all is not lost.
The next French president? Not likely.
With its share of the vote rising with each election, can the extreme-right party take power on its own? The example of the French communists during the postwar boom suggests otherwise.
Leader of the Front National, Marine le Pen, the morning after her party’s strong showing in the first round of regional elections.
France's extreme-right party has national ambitions, but its lead in the first round of local elections puts it in direct contradiction with its long-proclaimed ideology.
Taking it in her stride.
The far-right Front National leads after the first round of voting, leaving Hollande and Sarkozy with some thinking to do.
Reclaiming the homeland.
Furious nativist radicals are on the march – but are they really all birds of a feather?
Banned from speaking, Jean-Marie Le Pen managed to photo-bomb daughter Marine at the FN’s May Day rally.
The founder of France's far-right movement and his daughter, the current president, have had a spectacular and very public falling out.
Would-be Europeans, survivors of a Mediterranean crossing gone wrong
German philosopher Jurgen Habermas once famously pronounced the European Union a force for good: A model for what he described as a “cosmopolitan world order.” The Nobel committee agreed and in 2012 awarded…
There are nationalists, and then there are nationalists.
The SNP, Plaid Cymru and UKIP are the new faces in the UK election in 2015 but they reflect a wider change.
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!
Jean-Marie and Marine need to split up in a way that benefits them both.
Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel, Soumission, was published just hours before the attacks on the office of Charlie Hebdo. It consolidates his reputation – for better or worse – as one of the few contemporary…
Marine Le Pen has dealt a stunning blow to the French political establishment.
As far as Marine Le Pen is concerned: “The people have spoken.” The leader of the Front National, which has taken 25% of the French vote in the European Parliamentary elections claims her party is now…
Manuel Valls has called on ‘all responsible leaders’ to respond.
The message, it seems, is clear. European citizens are at best unimpressed with mainstream politics, at worst outright dismissive of it. The French Front National (FN) and the United Kingdom Independence…
Smart casual? A member of the Magyar Garda (Hungarian Guard).
As Europe wakens to a wave of newly elected right-wing Members of the European Parliament, our multi-racial continent needs to understand what are the psychological roots of this movement. We have some…