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“The sanctions policy pursued by the West, that is, ourselves, a necessary consequence of which has been what the Russians are doing, causes more harm to us than to Russia,” Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban has said. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

The European Union has harmed itself economically with the sanctions it has imposed on Russia over the situation in Ukraine, Hungarian prime minister (...)

Intuitive observer: Magda Szabó. Photograph: Magyar Nemzet/AFP/Getty

Ettie realises she is old only when her gentle, doomed husband, Vince, drifts into death. Up until then she had worked hard, cooked and kept the li(...)

The illiberal agenda

In taking a swipe at “liberal democracy”, Viktor Orban left no-one in any doubt about his target. Hungary’s prime minister did not mean liberal in the(...)

The number of Russian troops and weaponry along the border with Ukraine is increasing and is “well over 12,000”, Nato military commander General Phil(...)

German fans at a public viewing  in Berlin. Photograph: EPA/Britta Pedersen

It’s 1am in Berlin and they’re partying like it’s 1989. Except this time it’s not the Berlin Wall that’s fallen, but a football icon that’s been smash(...)

 Erste was the biggest loser among European bank stocks, tumbling more than 16 per cent. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Investors wiped more than €1 billion off Erste Group’s market value and took evasive action against rivals on concerns the bank’s warnings about Hunga(...)

The Graf & Stift touring car in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated on June 28th, 1914, in Sarajevo, on display at the museum of military history in Vienna. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

THE FUNERAL SERVICE OF ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND Vienna, July 3rd The funeral of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the Duchess of Hohenberg took place at (...)

Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife Sophie travel in a car seconds before their assassination in Sarajevo on June 28th, 1914. Russian media accused Ayustria of discriminating against the Serbs and stoking tensions that culminated in the assassinations. Photograph: JU Sarajevo Museum / handout via Reuters

Murder of the Austrian Crown Prince It is said that when the aide-de-camp told the monarch about the catastrophe, Emperor Franz Josef turned extremely(...)

Britain’s place in Europe
  • UK
  • June 30, 2014, 01:00

If, as David Cameron says, the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission has made it harder to keep the United Kingdom(...)

European Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker: he is eager to play down his federalist reputation, saying he is “allergic to this term ‘the United States of Europe’”. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The outcome was inevitable. Jean-Claude Juncker was chosen by the European Council yesterday as the man to lead the European Commission over th(...)

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