Marine Le Pen, Beppe Grillo, Geert Wilders, Frauke Petry: has their big moment arrived?

With elections due across Europe and a referendum in Italy, the establishment fears political tremors

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Dogged by the migration crisis and the traumatic business of Brexit – to name just two current, existential challenges to their project – those who run the European Union felt they had enough on their plates before Donald Trump seized the White House.

News of his triumph broke on Europe, as had that of the British vote to leave the European Union on 23 June, in defiance of opinion pollsters and the assumptions of political elites that maintained that the world’s most advanced democracy could never deliver such a blow to the established order. Then it did.

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France’s Hollande to seek clarity from Trump in Friday phone call

France's President Francois Hollande (R) and Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian review troops as they attend a commemoration ceremony for Armistice day, 98 years after the end of the First World War at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, November 11, 2016. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

French President Francois Hollande said on Friday he hoped U.S. President-elect Donald Trump would clarify his position on issues including conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and Iran’s nuclear deal when the two men talk by phone later in the day.

“My duty is to make sure we have the best possible relations with the United States, but a relation that is based on frankness and clarity,” Hollande told France 2 television.