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The highest proportion of Dutch smokers of any age is among twentysomethings. Almost 40 per cent of them smoke.

The Dutch are good with their teenagers. Surveys show the youngsters are the happiest in Europe, with plenty of friends, relatively little bullying at(...)

The narrow defeat of Norbert Hofer, of the far-right Freedom Party, in the race to become Austrian president nevertheless marked an extraordinary and (...)

 Alexander Van der Bellen  waving to supporters at the Palais Auersperg on Sunday after the Austrian presidential elections run off, in which he defeated the far-right candidate  Norbert Hofer. Photograph: Florian Weiser/EPA

Austria has elected Green Party politician Alexander Van der Bellen as president, following a tightly-fought contest that was seen as a barometer of (...)

Presidential candidates Alexander Van der Bellen (left) of the Austrian Greens and Norbert Hofer (right) of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) during  a live television discussion after the second round of  Austrian presidential elections on May 22nd, 2016, at the Hofburg palace in Vienna. Photograph: Helmut Fohringer/AFP/Getty Images

Austria’s presidential election was on a knife-edge on Sunday night, with the leader of the populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) within touching distance of b(...)

Independent presidential candidate, supported by the Green Party, Alexander Van der Bellen  and Norbert Hofer of far right-wing Austrian Freedom Party as they attend a TV interview on the Austrian presidential elections run-off in Vienna. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

The preliminary result of Austria’s presidential vote on Sunday showed far-right candidate Norbert Hofer ahead of independent Alexander van der Bellen(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte, whose government wants to keep the Netherlands’ trading position at the heart of the EU. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

A new poll in the Netherlands shows a narrow majority opposed to a referendum on EU membership that could lead to a Dutch withdrawal or “Nexit” – the(...)

Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) chairman Sigmar Gabriel: Called on his party, which is experiencing a low approval rating, not to rest on past social-political successes. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA

Europe’s social democrats are facing an existential crisis amid the rise of fleet-footed populist parties, all pursuing hybrid social-national agendas(...)

In one European state after another, it would appear, the successive crises, both economic and identity, that have shaken the EU over the last eight y(...)

German chancellor  Angela Merkel: credits her first coalition with getting Germany through the crisis. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

With Ireland’s Civil War political model dying and the search on for a successor, our European neighbours offer interesting political alternatives. I(...)

Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders: said that if a bullet came “from the left”,  he would know where it came from. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

Right-wing politician Geert Wilders has been described as “a threat to democracy and the rule of law” in the Netherlands after calling for “resistance(...)

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