Spokesman for the national drivers’ union Pardal Henriques  addresses elements of the strike picket, outside the headquarters of the Logistics Fuel Company in Aveiras de Cima, Portugal. Photograph: Carlos Barroso/EPA

Portugal has started rationing petrol as a precaution after 2,000 lorry drivers began an open-ended strike over pay, a move that comes at the height o(...)

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez calls election after parliament voted down his government’s budget. Photograh:  Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez has called an early general election for April 28th, setting the stage for a divisive vote that could tilt the c(...)

Protesters wave Spanish flags during a demonstration  in Madrid against the government of Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Sunday to protest against the government’s handling of the Catalan question, as Spain braced itself (...)

The famous Trevi Fountain in Rome. Tax breaks are helping to attract Brexit bankers to the Italian capital. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

France and Italy are offering the most generous tax breaks to London bankers moving to the European continent after Brexit, new data shows. The resea(...)

African migrants climb the border fence between Morocco and Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta on Thursday morning. Photograph: Faro TV 	via Reuters

About 800 people have tried to enter Europe by storming a border fence that separates Morocco from Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta, according t(...)

Arpad Schilling, acclaimed Hungarian theatre director, has been deemed a threat to national security for his civic activism and anti-government protests. Photograph: Kretakor Foundation

For German playwright Bertolt Brecht, whose works include The Threepenny Opera and The Caucasian Chalk Circle, a theatre ticket was not an invitation (...)

Pro-unity supporters take part in a demonstration in central Barcelona on  October 29th. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

“Don’t be ashamed of loving Spain, be ashamed of hating it,” read one banner that was being brandished at Sunday’s massive demonstration in Barcelona (...)

Venezuelan anti-socialist protesters face off against a pro-Venezuelan government demonstration outside the US embassy in Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

Competing visions of Venezuela confronted each other outside the US embassy in Dublin on Thursday night. The Workers’ Party organised a protest outsi(...)

The burned-out shell of the Grenfell Tower block. “The right decry the “politicisation” of this human-made disaster, but to avoid talking about the politics of this calamity is like trying to understand rain without discussing weather, or illness without biology.” NIKLAS HALLE’N/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s old order is crumbling. Those who sense this most acutely, such as the rightwing press, are its defenders. This week, The Sun was reduced to(...)

Salvador Sobral’s Eurovision victory on Saturday was marked by modesty and generosity. “Just a boy in his bedroom singing a song written by his sister,” as Graham Norton put it.  Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

Those Portuguese, eh... ? At our Saturday night gathering, the television volume was turned up only at the end for maximum snigger at the winning entr(...)

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