Putin treated France's anti-EU firebrand, Le Pen, as if she had already won the elections. "I have my own viewpoint ... identical to Russia's", she said.
Sunday's general elections will be a test for the country's relations with the EU, Russia, and Turkey, as well as for the political future of former leader Borisov.
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French president Francois Hollande has called for "all necessary means" to be used to fend off cyber attacks ahead of the presidential election in April and May. But political parties are still vulnerable.
The independent liberal candidate to the presidential election said in Berlin that France must reform itself if it wants to remain close to Germany and play a role in Europe.
Geert Wilders' anti-EU The Party for Freedom failed to secure the big gains he had promised after winning only five extra seats.
Without incorporating some of the more legitimate and palatable concerns of voters concerned with immigration, centrist parties will be unable to maintain power.
Benoit Hamon told a Brussels rally that Europe was breaking up because free trade and austerity had paved the way for far-right nationalists.
In their first TV debate, the main candidates for the April election only briefly discussed the country's EU policies, with far-right Le Pen and centrist Macron taking aim at each other.
EU leaders breathe sigh of relief in phone calls and tweets after Dutch centre-right comes ahead of anti-EU party in "quarterfinal" elections.
Voters in Amsterdam were willing to wait between half an hour and an hour to cast their vote in a polling station on the 20th floor.
Wilders said a Dutch exit from the EU would be “the best thing that could happen to us”. Rutte said it would create “chaos”.
Over the weekend, in the context of Dutch elections and a Turkish referendum, the Netherlands denied entry to one Turkish minister and escorted another out of the country.
Russia in talks on “cooperation pact” with Grillo’s anti-euro Five Star party on model of similar deals with Lega Nord and Austria’s FPO.
Dutch elections are not enough about the EU, says former MEP Kathalijne Buitenweg. The Netherlands is no longer completely sovereign, but "that's okay".
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Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein will have to find a way to work together, despite souring relations over, among other things, Brexit.
The 50PLUS party, which could win 5-7 seats, says some eurozone members should exit if that will help the currency grow stronger, but lacks a concrete plan or criteria.
Embroiled in scandals, the centre-right Francois Fillon has been called on by his own party to renounce. His difficulties make independent Macron the last man standing against far-right Le Pen.
One group wants to give voters an option to vote for an empty seat, which would serve as a constant reminder to the political parties that not everyone feels represented.
The French centre-right candidate said he would answer judges in a fake jobs case, but denounced it as a "political assassination".
The question of whether to hold a post-Brexit referendum on a united Ireland is dominating Thursday's elections in the North.
The Irish prime minister has indicated he will quit no later than one month after St Patrick's day on 17 March.
Buma, the Dutch face of the European People's Party, becoming increasingly critical of European integration.
The far-right presidential candidate said that she would create a "Europe of free nations", while taking France out of Nato command and "tie up" Russia to Europe.
The centrist presidential candidate tells talented Britons to come to France and warns against giving the UK "undue advantages" after Brexit, in a speech in London.
Wilders' prediction that the Trump political spirit will jump the Atlantic will soon be put to the test in the Dutch elections.
A leaked EU anti-fraud office report says French far-right leader, Marine Le Pen, had her bodyguard and personal assistant paid by the EU parliament for jobs they did not do.
Polls suggest that four or five parties will be needed to form a majority after the 15 March vote. The shrunk size of the establishment parties means that smaller parties may play a role of kingmaker.
The Dutch government had banned the software programme used previously to register votes, to prevent hacking, but wants to accommodate local officials who want to use technological aides.
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