Warring parties in Spain

The annual State of the Nation debate in Spain, which concluded yesterday, is usually a robust affair. And the claims made, especially by the prime mi(...)

An elderly Ukrainian woman reads her ballot papers during the elections, in the Krenichi village, about 40km from Kiev. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich

Ukraine has elected a strongly pro-western new parliament, exit polls showed tonight, with reformists and nationalists set to sweep away many pro-Russ(...)

Oleh Lyashko (right), who came third in July’s presidential elections, staggered and appeared stunned after a heated exchange with independent deputy Oleksandr Shevchenko led to Mr Shevchenko punching him in the head. Photograph: Reuters Video 1:16

The leader of Ukraine’s populist Radical Party was nearly knocked out in a punch-up in the Kiev parliament’s lobby yesterday after he goaded a fellow (...)

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano leaves after a media conference at the Quirinale palace in Rome. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Five weeks after last month’s inconclusive general election, Italy seems no closer to resolving its ongoing government crisis. In what looks li(...)