Parliament speaker and acting president Bronislaw Komorowski is expected to win the first round of the Poland election on Sunday, but.Jaroslaw Kaczynski has been rising in the polls.
Low turnout in protest rallies Thursday signal that Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise France's retirement age from 60 to 62 is likely to succeed. Other European nations are moving from age 65 to 67.
With a first-place showing over President Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday's first round of regional French elections, France's Socialist Party is building alliances in preparation for next Sunday's runoff - and the national elections two years from now.
Ahead of next month's French election, allegations about a French-African Muslim candidate's criminal record is raising questions about whether France offers a level playing field for ethnic minorities. Ali Soumaré, a candidate in regional elections, says he is the victim of slander.
The new effort to outlaw the full-length veil - niqabs and burqas - in public trumps earlier efforts to ban it only in some official buildings. The move comes at a time when French Muslims say they are being targeted as outsiders or not fully French.
Marie Ndiaye won the Prix Goncourt for tackling immigration in her novel "Trois femmes puissantes." She refuses to retract her equally bold criticism of Sarkozy's France.
President Sarkozy's law-and-order push now includes three years in jail or a 45,000 euro fine for being a member of a gang.
A record low turnout of only 43 percent of 375 million eligible voters pointed to skepticism about a more integrated Europe.
Sarkozy is delivering on his promise to break with the past.