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Austrian conservative Sebastian Kurz (31) feels he has a mandate for change in a continent destabilised by politicians twice his age. Photograph: Alex Halada/AFP/Getty Images

One thing is sure: he can expect a less chilly welcome to Brussels this week than his conservative predecessor Wolfgang Schüssel, who in 2000 teamed u(...)

Donald Tusk: he has attempted to synopsise real differences among leaders so that debates can focus on how to bridge such differences. Photograph: Getty Images

Much of the agenda of European Council meetings is “precooked”. Ministers and their sherpas prepare the ground for leaders who assemble to sign off on(...)

The primary benefit of alternative dispute resolution is that it is cheaper than going to court. Photograph: iStock
Keeping out of court

Alternative dispute resolution is having a moment. Recent years have seen a marked rise in initiatives designed to keep conflicts out of court. In Oc(...)

 Polish president Andrzej Duda and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko. Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

The presidents of Ukraine and Poland have pledged to overcome bitter historical disputes and strengthen their strategic partnership, which both see a(...)

Andrew Day: “Sperasoft adds considerably to our engineering services division, which we intend to continue to build organically and through acquisition”

Keywords Studios, an Irish-headquartered video gaming firm that listed in London four years ago, has acquired Sperasoft in a $27 million (€23m) deal.(...)

Marcin and Marina Piotrowski with their three children. Photograph: Karolina Migurska & Mariusz Purta

It took Marcin Piotrowski seven days to hitchhike from eastern Poland to Dublin. The 21-year-old student had €50 in his pocket and had arranged a lift(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel addresses relatives of  Bundeswehr soldiers serving abroad,  in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

They are the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil of Germany. Nearly three months after an indecisive general election, we still do not know whether Germany’s ch(...)

Poland president Andrzej Duda: due to visit Ukraine this week to try to soothe strained relations. Photograph: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Warsaw and Kiev have condemned an apparent grenade attack on a Polish tourist bus in western Ukraine, days before Poland’s president Andrzej Duda is d(...)

Poland’s government is being reshuffled in a mid-term exercise designed to renew its energy and direct it more to the international difficulties encou(...)

Supporters of former Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili gather near a temporary detention facility where he is being held in custody in Kiev. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Thousands of Ukrainians marched through a snowy Kiev on Sunday to protest against the country’s ruling elite, its failure to fight corruption, and the(...)

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