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A nearly empty street on Wednesday in Pamplona, Spain, where the traditional San Fermin festival – or running of the bulls – has  been cancelled because of the pandemic for the second year in a row. Photograph: Jesus Diges/EPA

The Delta variant of Covid-19 and a surge in infections among younger, unvaccinated people have catapulted Spain’s coronavirus rate to the highest in (...)

Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, in Brussels on Thursday.  Photograph: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu/Bloomberg

European Union leaders furiously confronted Hungary’s far-right leader Viktor Orban over a discriminatory law aimed at LGBTI people at a council of th(...)

Tourists walk through a square past restaurants and cafes in Lagos, Portugal, last Sunday. Photograph:   Jose Sarmento Matos/Bloomberg

The UK has to be “tough” on international travel rules to protect the progress of lockdown easing, health secretary Matt Hancock said, following Portu(...)

Tourists at a restaurant on the marina in Lagos, Portugal, on Sunday. Photograph: Jose Sarmento Matos/Bloomberg

The Portuguese government has described the UK’s decision to remove the country from its green list of approved destinations as “unfathomable” while t(...)

An aerial view of the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil, where people who have died from Covid-19 were buried. Photograph: Michael Dantas/AFP via Getty

Global cases of the coronavirus topped 150 million, with India remaining at the epicentre of the pandemic after reporting record new infections on Fri(...)

Portuguese prime minister Antonio Costa described the agreement of a common position  between member states on digital certificates as a ‘positive step’. Photograph:  Horacio Villalobos/Getty Images

European Union member state governments reached an agreement on digital certificates to show vaccination status on Wednesday, a step towards approving(...)

Portugal’s prime minister Antonio Costa (left), European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Parliament president David Sassoli after signing the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility document, designed to help member states with the economic impact of Covid-19. Photograph: AP Photo/Olivier Matthys

The first tranches of Covid-19 stimulus funds should be available to member states by mid-year, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen sai(...)

Minister for health Hugo de Jonge and prime minister Mark Rutte. Photograph: Sem van der Wal/EPA

It’s perhaps the single most telling insight into Mark Rutte’s personality that he regards himself as a manager rather than a political visionary. “If(...)

Portugal’s prime minister Antonio Costa. Photographer: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images/Bloomberg

Portugal’s special brand of socialism, sometimes called “the fourth way”, appears to be running out of road. As the second wave of the coronavirus pa(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron, who has tested positive for Covid-19. Photograph: Charles Platiau/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, becoming the latest world leader to be diagnosed with the disease and prompting sev(...)

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