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The Irish carrier earned €4.8 billion revenue during the year

Holidaymakers will aid Ryanair’s return to profit this year, but chief executive Michael O’Leary has warned that the recovery is “too fragile” to make(...)

From left, Lev Shershnov (seven), Nina Shershnova, Arina Shershnova (five), Anna Kolycheva and Eugene Kolychev. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

On February 24th, 2022, at about 5am, Kyiv time, I went for my first ever hike. Together with my wife Anna, we climbed Little Adam’s Peak in Ella – a (...)

The noise of the peloton is the first thing you hear, even before you see them coming. Photograph:  Luca Bettini / AFP

Before the rain came down and silenced the lambs there were moments out on the road bicycle this week which tapped gently into a sixth sense of some s(...)

Slovak foreign minister Ivan Korcok at a joint press conference following a meeting of the Central Five in the Czech Republic on   April 12th, 2022.  Foreign ministers of the  five countries – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia –  discussed the war in Ukraine. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

Driving back to his village near the Ukrainian border earlier this month, the mayor had to stop to let a train pass, and assumed he would not have to (...)

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, scored a crushing election victory to clinch a fourth consecutive term. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

The comfortable victory of Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party in Hungary’s election will disappoint Europe’s democrats and, no doubt, provide some poli(...)

Russia’s February 24th invasion of Ukraine had appeared to upend Mr Orban’s campaign in recent weeks. Photograph: Szilard Koszticsak/EPA

Hungary’s nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban scored a fourth consecutive landslide win in Sunday’s election, as voters endorsed his ambition of a(...)

Pushkinskaya underground station,  Kharkiv,  February 24th. 2022. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Kozlov
21 days in Ukraine: a diary

FEBRUARY 26th ‘Exodus had begun’ Kyiv-Pasazhyrskyi station For a month before the invasion began, I travelled from one end of Ukraine to the other.(...)

Viktor Orbán: ‘We won a victory so big that you can see it from the moon, and you can certainly see it from Brussels.’ Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has declared victory in national elections, claiming a mandate for a fourth term in power. In a 10-minute speec(...)

 Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban: His closeness to Russian president Vladimir Putin has become a turn-off for many voters, although he remains favourite to win the elections. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

Addressing EU leaders this month, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy named their countries one by one. “Za nas” (with us) he said each time, mean(...)

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