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The machine gun attack on the capital’s famous Champs-Elysées boulevard has left one policeman dead, two others seriously wounded and another person injured. The attacker was also killed, and ISIS has claimed responsibility. Read more

Duncan Robinson

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For the upcoming negotiations, the size of Mrs May’s majority in the House of Commons is of little concern when it comes to the EU27. Britain’s prospects during the Article 50 talks remain the same. Read more

Duncan Robinson

It was a tricky result. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan scraped a narrow victory – 51.4 per cent – in a referendum to hand himself more powers, amid concerns over the veracity of the vote.

European leaders faced walking a diplomatic tightrope in their responses over the Easter break. After all, Mr Erdogan is still a crucial Nato ally and a keystone in the bloc’s response to the migration crisis. Turkey is, ostensibly, still a candidate to join the EU (but for how long, we do not know). Read more

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It takes a lot to shock people who work with migrants in north Africa, but revelations of active slave markets in Libya managed it. Read more

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Stockholm joined a miserable list on Friday. The Swedish capital became the latest European city – after London, Paris, Brussels, Berlin and Nice – to be hit by a recent terror attack. Read more

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The Italian government has taken the lead in dealing with the Libyans (whose fractured state makes the plural appropriate). It is part of the wider EU strategy aimed at stopping people coming to Europe while simultaneously reducing the number of deaths at sea. Read more

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A detailed letter was not strictly necessary. One diplomat explained that “We’re triggering Article 50 – suck it” would have sufficed. But the formal notification shed light on Theresa May’s strategy and expectations going into negotiation. Read more

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Some say it is short – little more than three pages – others that it will run longer. Whatever it says, you have to feel sorry for the poor protocol people. Should Britain’s EU envoy walk or drive the 150 yards? Should there be an envelope? A commemorative photo? Some die-hard Remainers will be wishing he just gave it to the Belgian postal system for “safekeeping”. Read more

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A grim day in London. It came on an unhappy anniversary in Belgium, which marked one year since terrorists killed 32 in Brussels. The attack near the Houses of Parliament resembled the one in Berlin on a Christmas market, which in turn was similar to the massacre in Nice. The French have suffered more than many. On Wednesday it was Britain’s turn.

The FT compiled eyewitness reports of the horrific scenes in one of the most heavily guarded parts of the capital. Read more

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Britain has a trade deficit with the EU in most sectors, apart from one: asylum seekers. Read more

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The result sent the euro to a five-week high of $1.0746, after surging 1.2 per cent overnight. The Dutch vote on Wednesday was the first in a trio of European elections this year in which populist politicians have emerged as significant contenders. Analysts had predicted that a strong showing for Mr Wilders would bolster Marine Le Pen, leader of the French far-right, and the insurgent Alternative for Germany party. Read more

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Dealing with riots in Rotterdam and being compared to the Nazis by the Turkish president was probably not how Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte expected to spend the final weekend before the Netherlands’ general election. But Dutch politics are rarely predictable. Read more

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Populists cause political instability. It is not an original headline as far as Europe goes. But the novelty in Finland is that the populists are causing instability from within the government. Read more

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Whatever happened to Dutch politics? With two weeks until the election, the image of a tolerant, liberal country has been replaced by one of a grinning Geert Wilders. But away from Mr Wilders’ “STOP ISLAM” posters, signs of the old Netherlands remain.Although his Party for Freedom (PVV) still has a lead in most polls, Mr Wilders is losing ground. Meanwhile, the Netherlands’ liberal lump of mainstream parties – who have all refused to work with Mr Wilders – remains steady. Centrist D66 are doing welland on track for their best performance since the early 1990s. Read more

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“The customs union means free movement of our goods. It doesn’t mean free movement of our trucks.” The FT visited the Turkish border with Bulgaria to find out what Britain’s lorry drivers can expect after Brexit. In short? Queues. Read more

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Something is stirring in Luxembourg. In the space of a few months, the European Court of Justice could turn the EU’s refugee policy on its head, fundamentally reshape the way Muslims are treated in Europe and set the parameters for any post-Brexit trade deal. Through this handful of cases, the court will demonstrate its extraordinary and growing influence. Read more

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It was also fake. Read more