Rise of the far-right
In Portugal’s elections, conservatives take the lead even as far-right surges

The Socialist Party (PS) government, which had been in power in Portugal since 2015, was forced to resign in November when Prime Minister António Costa and some of his ministers got mired in a corruption scandal over lucrative lithium and green hydrogen projects

French Elections Emmanuel Macron wins French presidential election but working class has no illusions about future

The consolidation of liberal sections and a vigorous campaign by anti-fascist sections against Marine Le Pen aided Macron but many sections are wary of his policies