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European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans addresses a news conference  in Brussels, Belgium, in February  2018. File photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

As I started to pen this missive – Tuesday – Frans Timmermans was still a runner to be the next European Commission president. By the afternoon the Eu(...)

Secondary schools have reported shortages of STEM, modern foreign languages, Irish and home economics teachers.  File photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Thirty four primary and secondary school teachers from 17 countries will graduate on Thursday after completing a six-month bridging programme to teach(...)

France’s president Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel: at heart of surprise nomination of Ursula von der Leyen.  Photograph: Dominique Jacovides

The package of top jobs announced by EU leaders represents the continued domination of the institutions by pro-EU partiesand reinforces the Franco-Ger(...)

Ursula von der Leyen: was once considered a potential reserve chancellor. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was attending an away day for the Bundeswehr armed forces on Tuesday, 45 minutes south of Berlin, when he(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: will formally appoint members of the council heading  the new organisation that will take over the academy of science’s 15 research institutes. Photograph:  Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/EPA

Hungary’s government is poised to tighten control over the country’s venerable academy of sciences, in what critics call another attack on academic fr(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk and Estonian prime minister Juri Ratas attend a roundtable at the council’s summit  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/Pool via Reuters

After a day and night of frantic bilateral meetings with fellow EU leaders, and precious little sleep, European Council president Donald Tusk will rec(...)

Seeing the prize of the European Commission presidency slipping from their party’s grasp, the leaders of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP(...)

After nearly 20 years in power, Vladimir Putin may cast an eye an approving over world affairs and conclude that things are, at last, turning decisively his way. Photograph: Alexander Zemlianichenko/EPA

Russian president Vladimir Putin appeared to enjoy this weekend’s G20 summit, where he hobnobbed with other leaders, pronounced liberalism dead and jo(...)

Andrew Breitbart speaks at  Tea Party rally in 2010. Photograph  Ethan Miller/Getty

When the late Andrew Breitbart of Breitbart News fame said that “politics is downstream of culture”, he bequeathed a mantra to the American right whic(...)

Finland’s prime minister Antti Rinne:  “The rules-based international order is an existential question for us.” Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

When one member state passes on the baton of the EU presidency after its six-month incumbency, its successor brings not so much a new agenda but its d(...)

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