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League party leader Matteo Salvini in Cernobbio, near Como: He has pleaded for President Sergio Mattarella to call national elections sooner rather than later. Photograph: Marco Ottico/EPA

Italy’s ruling Democratic party is facing a watershed moment this weekend as it contemplates losing control of a region seen as one of the spiritual h(...)

Mai Handique, a 100-year-old Indian woman, waves as she comes out on a wheelchair after recovering from Covid-19, at Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in Guwahati, India, on Wednesday. Photograph: EPA

Global coronavirus cases are expected to pass 30 million on Thursday, with India firmly in focus as the latest epicentre after reporting yet another r(...)

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(...)

The precise details of the EU traffic-light system will be agreed  at an EU Council of Ministers meeting on October 15th. Photograph: Getty Images

Can I go on a holidays outside of Ireland now? Well, we’d not be stuffing our suitcase full of shorts and T-shirts and buying the sun cream just yet (...)

Covid Tracing app. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Ireland’s Covid-19 tracing app is being tested for interoperability with the systems of five other European Union member states, in the development of(...)

A waiter wearing a face mask serves drinks at Cafe Florian in Venice. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP via Getty Images

Paolo Risica is busy. Handing out menus, taking orders, answering questions about the food. Hostaria Bacanera, the restaurant he runs with his partne(...)

 The Austrian village of Ischgl has  many apres-ski bars. “They are a bit like discos for teenagers, but full of men in their 50s.”   Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

In the first week of March, Charlie Jackson had an argument with his wife. The 53-year-old recruitment agent from Pangbourne in Berkshire, southeast E(...)

Employees of French water and waste giant Suez took to the Parisian streets on Tuesday to protest against Veolia’s bid for a stake in the company. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

Image of the week: Water fight There was French business drama this week as utility multinational Veolia’s move to take over water and waste giant Su(...)

Irish Olympian Willie Dunne. Thursday was the 60th anniversary of the Rome race.

Walking along Dublin’s Parkgate Street one day last Christmas, in what now seems a different world, I spotted a familiar figure approaching on a bicyc(...)

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and French president Emmanuel Macron meet on the sidelines of a summit of seven Mediterranean countries in Porticcio, Corsica on Thursday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

France’s president Emmanuel Macron met with the EU’s six other Mediterranean countries in Corsica on Thursday, in the hope of defining a shared strate(...)

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