This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

Italy’s deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, greets supporters during a major rally of European nationalist and far-right parties. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo/File Photo/Reuters

Voters go to the polls across the EU from Thursday for elections to the European Parliament that reflect a continent largely politically in step, deba(...)

German economy minister Peter Altmaier launching the national industry strategy for 2030 in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Peter Altmaier, Germany’s economy minister, has called for the creation of a state investment fund that would step in to pre-empt foreign takeovers of(...)

German chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union Angela Merkel and party members at a leadership meeting at the CDU headquarters in Berlin. Photograph:  John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s coalition crisis escalated on Sunday as chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies struggled to accept last week’s Brussels refugee agreemen(...)

  Andrea Nahles  after she was elected SPD  leader in Wiesbaden, Germany.  Photograph: EPA/Clemens Bilan

Germany’s oldest political party, the Social Democrats (SPD), made history on Sunday by electing its first woman leader in 155 years, Andrea Nahles (4(...)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán celebrates on a podium on the bank of the Danube River after winning the parliamentary election with members of his Fidesz party on Sunday. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Viktor Orban’s landslide election win, a victory built on xenophobia, intolerance and preposterous conspiracy theories, underlines the alarming author(...)

The Reichstag building, seat of the German parliament Bundestag, in Berlin. While Andrea Nahles polishes the SPD’s left-wing brasses, Merkel is braced for CDU conservatives challenging the European reform agenda. Photograph:  EPA/Alexander Becher

The unit of time in Germany is not the minute, the hour or even the day, but the week. And it’s 24 weeks –- nearly half a year – since German voters c(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel addresses relatives of  Bundeswehr soldiers serving abroad,  in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

They are the Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil of Germany. Nearly three months after an indecisive general election, we still do not know whether Germany’s ch(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the federal state residence of Baden-Wuerttemberg in Berlin. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday urged party leaders negotiating a tricky three-way coalition government to show more willingness to compromi(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as the  first exit poll results are announced in the German federal election. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

After a lacklustre campaign comes a result that will probably produce a government of continuity, not of rupture. But make no mistake: changes are afo(...)

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