For both Merkel and Schulz, the upcoming campaign will be a litmus test of their European outlook.
While Europe might take solace from the presidential election result, it should recognise that Austria’s Eurosceptic drift will not be halted by Van der Bellen.
With Renzi declaring that he will resign if the electorate rejects his reforms, the referendum is now widely seen as a vote of confidence on the government itself.
Germany’s coming election campaign will be the last of its kind — the final page in the first chapter of the history of the Berlin Republic
No EU head of state has yet dared to break the EU’s consensus on Russian sanctions. Will François Fillon be the first?
A likely ‘no’ vote in Hungary’s legally questionable referendum will provide ammunition for Orbán’s battle with Brussels.