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 Italian deputy premier and interior minister Matteo Salvini: Exit polls indicated that Mr Salvini had taken his League party’s seat tally from five to 15. Photograph:  EPA/MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

Far-right parties are poised to be a disruptive influence in the next European Parliament after elections that stemmed, but did not halt, the rise of (...)

PSD leader Liviu Dragnea speaks during a press conference in Bucharest on Sunday after the closure of polling stations for the Europan parliament elections. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Romanians have delivered a rebuke to their ruling Social Democrats (PSD) by strongly backing opposition parties in the European elections and voting i(...)

Manfred Weber, lead candidate of the European People’s Party in European parliamentary elections. Under the spitzenkandidat system, the candidate from the party with the largest vote is nominated as MEPs’ choice for commission president. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/Getty Images

When EU leaders gather on Tuesday for a dinner and an election postmortem, the plat du jour will be how to fill the job of successor to Jean-Claude Ju(...)

 Croatian citizens at a political rally in  Zagreb. Photograph: Antonio Bat/ EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Manfred Weber, her compatriot and leader of the European People’s Party (EPP), rejected nationalism and advocated (...)

Mauritius prime minister Pravind Jugnauth: said his country was prepared to enter into an agreement with United States or Britain or both, to be allowed unhindered operation of the Diego Garcia  airbase. Photograph: Chang W Lee/The New York Times

The United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly demanded on Wednesday that Britain give up control over the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean with(...)

Moe the bartender in The Simpsons: cute questioning. Illustration: Fox via Getty

In a 1999 episode of The Simpsons, Moe the bartender asks some European visitors about life in their faraway continent. “To be honest,” says a goatee-(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, greets supporters during a major rally of European nationalist and far-right parties. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/File Photo/Reuters

Voters go to the polls across the EU from Thursday for elections to the European Parliament that reflect a continent largely politically in step, deba(...)

Laura Codruta Kovesi, Romania’s former chief anti-corruption prosecutor and thorn in the side of the government, was forced out of her job last year by the justice minister. Photograph: Daniel Mihailesdu/AFP/Getty Images

When EU leaders met this month in Sibiu, Romania, to cast the future of a post-Brexit EU in as positive light as possible, there was a subtext to the (...)

 Donald Trump and Viktor Orban in the White House this week. The encounter was largely framed as a meeting of ideological allies but the agenda is likely to have been dominated by questions that put them at loggerheads. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Pool via Bloomberg

For more than 20 years, Viktor Orban was shut out of the White House. His last visit was in 1998, deep into Clinton’s second term, when the Hungarian (...)

Candidates to succeed Jean Claude Juncker as European Commission president gather before their debate at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday. (From left) Jan Zahradil, Nico Cué, Ska Keller,  Margrethe Vestager, Frans Timmermans  and Manfred Weber. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Frans Timmermans was being careful. The European Commission vice-president, who is the socialist group’s (PES) nominee for the commission presidency, (...)

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