News Marine Le Pen, leader of the French National Front, sits next to Dutch leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) Geert Wilders, at The Hague

The move by Geert Wilders of the Dutch Freedom Party and Marine Le Pen of France’s National Front, came ahead of next year's elections which EU officials fear will bring a surge in support for nationalist and xenophobic parties

Ren Zhengfei, the Huawei founder, has just given his first interview in 26 years

Secrecy and security: Huawei is the company that has the world worried

You may not have heard of Huawei, but its products may well be in your house. Last year the company, based in Shenzen, China, overtook Ericsson to become the world’s largest manufacturer of telecoms equipment. It controls a quarter of the EU market in telecoms infrastructure and has won more than half of the contracts for 4G technology awarded in Europe, including big deals with EE (formerly Orange and T-Mobile), O2 and 3UK.

Editorial: Health and social care must be integrated

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband is stealing a march on the Coalition and daring to broach a problem that is long overdue for a solution

Anthony Hilton: We're stifling banks but no one in charge will be seen being easy on them

The economy had experienced a heart attack, Business Secretary Vince Cable told an audience at an event on Wednesday organised by the think tank Politeia. Recuperation is slow, uncertain and takes a very long time, so you should not expect at this relatively early stage that we would be sprinting down the track like Jessica Ennis.

Claire Beale on Advertising: Fizz is forced out of Soda Stream ads

We're used to TV ads using colour and noise so you might have noticed a new ad for Soda Stream for precisely the opposite reason.

China telecoms pose risks to Indian defences 50 years after Himalayan victory

There has been a stream of articles in India’s newspapers over the past week marking the 50th anniversary of country’s humiliating defeat by China in a brief Himalayan border war that shattered India’s self-confidence so devastatingly that the country has yet fully to recover. Headlines have included “The war we lost – the lessons we didn’t learn” and “Lessons from 1962 - India must never lower its guard”.

William Hague criticises Argentina's bid to seize control of YPF from Repsol

William Hague hit out at Argentina after the government said it was seizing a Spanish-controlled energy firm.

Mark Leftly: Rio Tinto grabs a slice of Canada's uranium riches

Now it just needs to make sure it keeps hold of it

Andrea Mammone: A lesson that European history can teach us

Immigration emerged in the 1980s as a very visible issue and was politicised and exploited by the local extreme right

Has cronyism wrecked Japan's long-term repair?

There have been better times to be Japanese. Still battling the unappeased demons of stagnation, bloated national debt, and the sclerotic effects of an ageing population, the authorities now seem paralysed in their efforts to rebuild after the 2011 earthquake. Despite the country's riches and technological know-how.

David Prosser: The biggest loser from the LSE's Canadian débâcle: Free trade

Is this a backlash to the most dominant economic trend of recent years – the move towards globalisation and trade liberalisation?

MP dismisses sex attack claim

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen tonight dismissed allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman as "demonstrably and provably false".

Tory MP arrested in sexual assault probe

A Tory MP was released on bail yesterday after being arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. Andrew Bridgen, the MP for North West Leicestershire, was arrested in relation to allegations of assaulting a 29-year-old woman in central London.

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen in sex attack probe

Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen was arrested today on suspicion of sexual assault and released on bail.

Lack of access to foreign capital 'harms UK business'

The reduction in foreign banks' UK lending threatens a lasting squeeze on families and businesses because backed overseas lenders are practising "financial protectionism", a Bank of England paper warned yesterday.

David Prosser: A golden opportunity to embrace proper IMF reform at last

Outlook: Where was the International Monetary Fund's advance warning of the most severe financial crisis in its history three years ago?
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