Historically enemies, minorities and parties like France's National Front are increasingly in sync as the former seek insurance against radical Islam and the latter tries to gain mainstream credibility.
With right-wing parties set to do well in elections in the Netherlands, France, and Germany this year, many are concerned about a Europe-wide populist swing. But the EU remains popular.
As the world's elderly population grows, it is also becoming increasingly urban. But city living poses many challenges to older people. In Manchester, England, they're trying to fix that.
Prime Minister Renzi resigned after Italians rejected his constitutional reforms. Experts attribute that in part to Donald Trump's election – which could upend elections in France, Germany, and the Netherlands next.
France has been stepping up its enforced secularism amid fears of Muslim immigration and terrorism, but that seems to be stirring more expression of religion in the workplace.
By adopting environmentally friendly policies and promoting organic ventures, the village of St.-Pierre-de-Frugie has lured urbanites back to the countryside, reversing the trend of last century.
The Monitor's Paris bureau chief finds that even French kindergartners get cuisine that would look at home in a trendy bistro.