Macron's win showed France is internationalist, outward looking, pro-EU and free market-oriented; Le Pen's rise revealed that it's also nationalist, protectionist, anti-EU and suspicious of outsiders.
France's two presidential candidates diverge markedly on many issues, but nothing is as divisive as France's relationship with the EU.
Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron's plan to reform the eurozone if elected is easier made than implemented.
The prospect of a Marine Le Pen victory has financial markets spooked. For good reason.
Before the financial crisis struck, you could breathe the overwhelming air of prosperity on the bustling streets of Trikala.
US accusations of German currency manipulation do not appear to be motivated by economics.
After eight torturous years of crisis, Greeks are working long and hard with very little to show for it.
The future of Europe hangs in the balance. Will its leaders step up?
Quantitative easing cannot single-handedly save Europe.
Markets haven't panicked as they did with Brexit and Trump, but Italy faces serious economic issues in the near future.
The "no" result from Italy's referendum is likely to brew political and economic uncertainty for some time yet.
The outcome of Italy's referendum on constitutional reform could have significant consequences for financial markets and the future of the EU.
Deutsche Bank's shares have fallen so much that speculation is rife it will be like the 2008 Lehman Brothers collapse all over again.
With patience and a degree of moral ambivalence, the UK may find an EU that is increasingly open to the idea of free trade without free movement of people.
The ranks of a 'new urban poor' in Europe are swelling.
A report into the IMF's handling of the euro crisis carefully avoids blame, while attempting to reclaim influence.
New research shows how the financial crisis led to a dramatic shift in poverty across Europe.
The Italian banking system is on the verge of a crisis. Direct state intervention is needed to solve the problem.
Uncertainty over the outcome of the EU referendum has sent currency markets into overdrive.
How research led one academic to change his mind after standing against the euro and other elements of EU integration.