Boris Johnson is the clear favourite to win the parliamentary stage of the Conservative leadership election but his victory among the party’s membership is not a foregone conclusion. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

Outside Committee Room 14 after the first round of voting by Conservative MPs on Thursday, Boris Johnson’s team were candidly exultant. Within minutes(...)

Riot police block demonstrators from approaching the legislative council building in Hong Kong on Thursday. Photograph: Lam Yik Fei/The New York Times

Before the return of Hong Kong in July 1997 to the People’s Republic of China, the latter signed an international agreement in 1984 known as the Sino-(...)

Moldova’s disputed prime minister Maia Sandu speaks to members of her cabinet during its first meeting at parliament headquarters in Chisinau. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

The EU, Russia and the US have called for the peaceful resolution of a major political crisis in Moldova, where rival governments are vying for contro(...)

 Boris Johnson said  the Conservatives must deliver Brexit by October 31st to neutralise the Brexit Party. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas / AFP

Ahead of the start of the Conservative leadership contest next week, the Peterborough byelection result has exposed in the starkest terms the predicam(...)

Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders, whose Freedom Party ended up in tenth place in the recent Euro elections.  His party ended up an excruciating two places behind Party for the Animals. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

As he cosied up to Marine Le Pen and Matteo Salvini at a rally in Milan just days before the EU elections last month, one wonders if Dutch far-right l(...)

 British environment secretary Michael Gove out for a run in London. He told Conservatives he would seek to negotiate a “full stop” to the backstop through alternative arrangements to keep the Irish Border open. Photograph: EPA

Michael Gove has told Conservative MPs that he would consider seeking a further delay to Brexit beyond October 31st if Britain and the EU were close t(...)

 Independents 4 Change candidate Mick Wallace at the European Parliamentary election Ireland South count centre in Nemo Rangers GAA Club in Cork. Phototgraph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

A judge hearing a bid by a bank to re-possess Mick Wallace’s Dublin residence has been told there had been “a change in his financial circumstances” f(...)

Britain’s international development secretary Rory Stewart: a dark-horse candidate who has hijacked the contest with a surprising social media campaign. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga

The Conservative Party has sought to limit the field of leadership candidates and shorten the race by setting a higher bar for entry and for surviving(...)

Cllr Frank McBrearty said he had “been caught in the middle of an internal battle” in Fine Gael. Photograph: Alan Betson

A councillor in Donegal who has resigned from Fine Gael says he is considering legal action against the party due to “trauma” which he says he and his(...)

Italian deputy prime minister and leader of far-right League party Matteo Salvini: League party took  34 per cent of the vote and swept past its coalition partner and rival, the Five Star movement. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo

The “squeezed middle” has become popular among political scientists and sociologists as a way of characterising the plight of the middle class in a ti(...)

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