François Hollande and education minister, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (right), have come under fire.
A chorus of teachers, unions and French intellectuals have criticised reforms in lower secondary school.
Weaker than he seems.
Putin is superficially more popular than ever, but his extravagantly militaristic policy and Russia's economic isolation mean he's walking a tightrope.
Labour shouldn’t lurch back to the Blairite camp.
The centrist strategy that worked for New Labour won't work for the party going forward.
As much of a surprise for those on the mainland.
How did others in Europe cover the election and the surprising results?
All smiles for the Conservatives.
Experts provide a rolling response, live as the results come in for the 2015 general election.
Yvette Cooper out on the beat.
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Labour and the Lib Dems have clashed over whether crime is going up or down. Which is it?
UK politics is no longer a political tango for two, as this party leaders' debate illustrated.
Voters in the UK are again looking beyond the traditional two-party system and look set to put paid to a famous proposition of political science.
The UK economy is more sleepy than happy.
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The main parties are spending most of their time arguing over the speed and extent of cuts, when they should be talking about growth.
Is Nick Clegg ready for his close up?
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The experts assess whether the claims in the Liberal Democrats' manifesto align with the evidence.
Nick Clegg comes bearing good will, and costly policies.
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The Lib Dems address key issues in skills and apprenticeships, but our expert takes issue with some of their policies.
More apprentices but are they better off?
Conservatives throw quality and status out of the door in bid to increase apprenticeships.
The good life?
Our experts analyse the evidence on the Conservatives' big ticket policies.
Making it count. Why voters vote.
While Conservative pundits wonder why high scores for economic competence aren't boosting poll numbers, some clues might lie away from financial measures.
Miliband’s skills policy: a pathway to a career, or a dead end?
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Labour should be commended for its commitment to high-quality apprenticeships, but it's hard to say if the party's policies are part of a pathway, or a dead end.
Our experts crunch the evidence on Labour's big ticket policies.
Maybe they just haven’t noticed I’m here…?
Vladimir Putin burned a lot of bridges in Ukraine, so he's finding new sources of international support wherever he can.
It’s grin up north for George Osborne.
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Viewing the economic situation in Britain as a north-south divide tends to oversimplify things – and calls for a closer look.
Feeding the beast?
George Osborne's bid to boost home ownership in Britain might look like an effort to give young people a leg-up onto the housing ladder, but the evidence suggests they will be sorely disappointed.
Problems on the production line.
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What the chancellor didn’t mention is that UK GDP per person is 16% lower than we would have expected on pre-crisis trends and the major factor is lousy productivity growth.
Get set for groundhog day.
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The coalition's austerity programme knocked 1% off growth, and yet all parties are planning on sticking with it.