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Alexander Lukashenko during an inauguration ceremony. Photograph: Sergei Sheleg/Belta/EPA

Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in for a sixth term as president of Belarus in a secretive and tightly guarded ceremony, which opposition leaders (...)

“National governments have a backlog of policy decisions to make together and consider physical meetings to be vital for forging agreement.”

A scheduled meeting of Europe’s national leaders in Brussels this week has been postponed at the last minute because a close contact of the man due to(...)

Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya in front of the European Parliament in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The European Union’s member states failed to reach a consensus to impose sanctions on Belarusian officials in response to a rigged election and a crac(...)

An anti-Lukashenko protest in Minsk. Photograph: tut.by/AFP via Getty

Tens of thousands of people calling for the authoritarian president of Belarus to resign have marched through the capital, Minsk, as the country’s wav(...)

Police officers detain a woman during an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, on Saturday. Photograph: AP Photo/TUT.by

Police in the capital of Belarus have cracked down sharply on a women’s protest march demanding the resignation of the country’s president. Officers (...)

 Svetlana Tikhanovskaya : “I’m still not a politician and it is particularly difficult to try to be one at such a tough period for my country.” Photograph:  Arturas Morozovas/Getty

The summer Alexander Lukashenko became president of Belarus, an 11-year-old girl called Svetlana Pilipchuk travelled from its small southern town of M(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen gives her state of the union speech in Brussels. Photograph:  John Thys/AFP via Getty

Wednesday was Ursula von der Leyen’s moment to set out her vision for the European Union and how it could emerge from the coronavirus pandemic fit for(...)

Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz was stopped at the border with Poland on August 31st. Photograph: Grzegorz Galazka/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

The Vatican has urged Belarus to allow the head of its Catholic Church to return to the country, after his passport was annulled following his critici(...)

European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen delivers her first state of the union speech at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA

Europe must use green investments to relaunch its economy in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic to reshape it for the future, EU Commission presiden(...)

Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, in London last week.  Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Across the European Union, a grim acceptance is taking hold that London may not wish to reach a deal, and that the British government’s actions may ha(...)

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