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Spain’s Economy Minister Luis de Guindos addresses a recent news conference. He is opposing Ireland’s Philip Lane for the job of ECB vice-presdient

The nomination of Governor Philip Lane to contest the post as vice-president of the European Central Bank was a welcome one. Perhaps informed by the B(...)

Moldova’s pro-Kremlin president, Igor Dodon, with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at  an informal Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit in Novo-Ogaryovo,  near Moscow, on December 26th. Photograph: Alexei Druzhnin/EPA/Sputnik

Moldovan president Igor Dodon has warned the country’s government that its days are numbered, after it succeeded in suspending him for a third time to(...)

French prime minister Edouard Philippe. File photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

France’s prime minister, whose government has vowed to clean up politics, was forced on Wednesday to defend his decision to hire a private jet for €35(...)

Laurent Wauquiez (42) succeeded Nicolas Sarkozy as leader of the right-wing Les Républicains after a campaign in which he positioned himself on a Catholic, identity-based platform. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters
France: The right regroups

It’s difficult for a party to lose an internal leadership election, but Les Républicains, France’s centre-right opposition bloc, has form in such thin(...)

Venezuela’s president Nicolas Maduro stands next to the newly-elected mayor of Libertador district,  Erika Farias (centre) and the president of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly, Delcy Rodriguez (left), in Caracas on Sunday. Photograph: Miraflores Palace  via Reuters

President Nicolás Maduro has set his sights on Venezuela’s 2018 presidential election after the ruling Socialist Party as predicted dominated mayoral (...)

Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford

Profits at the four-star Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare increased by 12 per cent in 2016 as a “bit more confidence” returned to the economy, the com(...)

On the throne: Emmanuel Macron in Paris shortly after his inauguration. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty

Six months ago tonight a 39-year-old from Picardy with almost no political experience but immense self-confidence made a solemn victory march across t(...)

 Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is not a demagogue. He has to do nothing more in this campaign than what he has already been doing – quietly, rationally and peacefully making the case for secession. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Late on Friday October 27th, Carles Puigdemont, president of the Catalan government, having declared Catalan independence, made his way from the Palau(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy  during a parliamentary session in Madrid on Wednesday. Photograph:  Juan Medina/Reuters

A little more than two weeks after the Catalan independence referendum, which plunged Spain into its worst political crisis in 40 years, the Madrid go(...)

Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the far-left France Unbowed, who wants the European  flag replaced with the flag of the United Nations. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the far-left France Unbowed, says the blue and gold European flag is a “sectarian emblem” symbolising the EU’s Chris(...)

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