The surge in support for the Front National will oblige the outgoing president to add more right-wing muscle to his campaign. However, at the same time he must be careful to avoid alienating centrist voters.
With a 0.4% decline in gross domestic product for a second consecutive quarter between January and March, Spain is once again officially in recession. The country’s central bank predicts that negative growth will continue for some time to come.
In the light of the failure to make progress and a number of corruption cases that have marked the bid to build e-government infrastructure in Poland, the European Commission has decided to freeze 920 million euros of funds earmarked for the scheme. “The project was completely crazy”, admitted the Minister of administration and Digitization, Michał Boni. A 404 error indicates that a page requested by an internet user has not been found.
A special court in Reykjavik has ruled that former prime minister Geir Haarde was not guilty of negligence in his management of the financial crisis which struck the island in 2008. He was, however, found guilty of failing to keep his Cabinet apprised of key developments through formal meetings.