Austria’s vice-chancellor and chairman of the Freedom Party FPOe Heinz-Christian Strache talks with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban (right) at the end of a press conference at the Carmelite monastery of the prime minister’s office in Budapest on Monday. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban is increasingly isolated in the EU’s main centre-right bloc ahead of this month’s European elections, after he c(...)

A handout photo provided by the Hungarian prime minister’s press office shows Viktor Orbán, right, and Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini at the Hungarian-Serbian border. Photograph: Balazs Szecsodi/EPA

Hungary’s populist prime minister Viktor Orbán has urged the main centre-right bloc in the European Parliament to join him in working with nationalist(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán gives a press conference at the end of the European People’s Party  assembly at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has been suspended from its powerful conservative alliance in the EU after other parties in the centre-right group turne(...)

Many European mainlanders remember ‘the squelch of carts laden with possessions on muddy tracks’. Above, the evacuation of Paris in 1940. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

What does the EU want? This simple question has foxed Brits throughout the Brexit talks. It is alleged that Brussels is desperate to retain Britain; t(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel: Critics say the treaty lacks ambition and does not address the euro zone, migrants or social and environmental policy. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel will meet on Tuesday morning in the coronation room of the town hall in the Germa(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media following the first Cabinet meeting of 2019 at Government Buildings, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It would be “helpful” if European Union leaders knew what clarifications they could offer on the Brexit withdrawal agreement that would assist UK prim(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of the CDU. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

A week after assuming the party leadership, the chairwoman of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU), has her first fight on her hands, ove(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Britain’s prime minister Theresa May in Berlin on December 11th, 2018. Photograph: Odd Andersen

Jean-Claude Juncker started the day in Strasbourg telling MEPs there was “no room whatsoever for renegotiation” of the Brexit withdrawal treaty. “The (...)

Nerves of steel: new CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was just 19 when she joined the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in 1981. Holding back tears on Friday, she admitted never (...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waves next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel after being elected as the party leader during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Hamburg, Germany, December 7th, 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Amid tears and cheers, Germany’s ruling centre-right Christian Democratic Union backed evolution over revolution on Friday and elected an Angela Merke(...)

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