European countries are turning on one another as growing border chaos tests the limits of diplomacy.
In a surprise victory for the opposition, the tables have been turned on the president's plans.
Will the country's voters have the power to clip the wings of their enthusiastic president?
A proposal to divide up numbers between EU states in the wake of the Mediterranean crisis could pit Germany, which backs the scheme, against the UK.
A looming bloodbath is spurring a Kurdish revolt in Turkey that could spin out of control.
A "Yes" vote to Scotland's independence will pose baffling questions for the EU, and could see Scotland clamouring to join while England leaves.
The beleaguered French leader came into office in 2012 as the supposed anti-Merkel. Now she is as strong as ever and he has never looked weaker.
A lack of trust in the mainstream leadership is driving EU voters to look at more radical options in this week's polls.
Resentment is growing over German chancellor Angela Merkel's leadership and fiscal austerity measures.
The president weathered the Orange Revolution, but will need Moscow's support to survive this year's protests. But the opposition says its time to go.