Pope Francis blesses a child as he arrives for the weekly general audience on May 8 at St Peter's square in the Vatican. Photo: AFP

Pope Francis sounds racism alarm as far-right parties win big in European Parliament elections

  • Nationalist forces from Marine Le Pen in France to Matteo Salvini in Italy and Nigel Farage in Britain boasted significant gains in EU polls
  • In advance message for World Day of Migrants and Refugees, pontiff warns against ‘fear of the other’ leading to intolerance
Topic |   European Union

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Pope Francis blesses a child as he arrives for the weekly general audience on May 8 at St Peter's square in the Vatican. Photo: AFP
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French President Emmanuel Macron (right) welcomes Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday. Photo: EPA-EFE

EU elections: France’s Emmanuel Macron and Spain’s Pedro Sanchez meet to discuss top jobs and reject far-right as populists gain ground

  • Results showed wins for Eurosceptic and green parties as the traditional mainstream groups took a hit
  • Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel wants next pick for head of EU Commission decided quickly
Topic |   European Union

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French President Emmanuel Macron (right) welcomes Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez to a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Monday. Photo: EPA-EFE
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