Frans Timmermans

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Romanian president Klaus Iohannis:  “Romanians have clearly shown that Romania is a pro-European country.” Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw

Romania’s president, Klaus Iohannis, has urged its political parties to sign a “national agreement” to scrap sweeping justice reforms by a government (...)

Italian deputy prime minister and leader of far-right League party Matteo Salvini: League party took  34 per cent of the vote and swept past its coalition partner and rival, the Five Star movement. Photograph: Alessandro Garofalo

The “squeezed middle” has become popular among political scientists and sociologists as a way of characterising the plight of the middle class in a ti(...)

 European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at a EPP leader meeting ahead of a special EU summit in Brussels, Belgium.  Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

The subtext to journalists from the EU leaders going into their summit dinner in Brussels on Tuesday night was clear. The gathering was part post mor(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  and his wife Brigitte Macron: he has never favoured the spitzenkandidat system. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson

On Monday night, over a hastily convened dinner in Paris, the French and Spanish leaders, Emmanuel Macron and Pedro Sánchez, plotted how they would fa(...)

Former Conservative  MP  Ann Widdecombe   with colleagues from the Brexit Party celebrate it success in the EU elections in London on Monday. Photograph: Tolga AkmenAFP/Getty Images

AUSTRIA The conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) of Sebastian Kurz shrugged off 10 days of crisis, and his impending dismissal as chancellor, to finish (...)

 First projections of seats at European Parliament based on 11 countries displayed in the hemicycle of European Parliament transformed into a giant TV studio in Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Pro-European parties retained a firm grip on the EU parliament, provisional results from the European elections showed on Monday, though eurosceptic o(...)

 Italian deputy premier and interior minister Matteo Salvini: Exit polls indicated that Mr Salvini had taken his League party’s seat tally from five to 15. Photograph:  EPA/MAURIZIO BRAMBATTI

Far-right parties are poised to be a disruptive influence in the next European Parliament after elections that stemmed, but did not halt, the rise of (...)

Manfred Weber, lead candidate of the European People’s Party in European parliamentary elections. Under the spitzenkandidat system, the candidate from the party with the largest vote is nominated as MEPs’ choice for commission president. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/Getty Images

When EU leaders gather on Tuesday for a dinner and an election postmortem, the plat du jour will be how to fill the job of successor to Jean-Claude Ju(...)

 Croatian citizens at a political rally in  Zagreb. Photograph: Antonio Bat/ EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Manfred Weber, her compatriot and leader of the European People’s Party (EPP), rejected nationalism and advocated (...)

 Members of the Labour Party  of EU commissioner Frans Timmermans celebrate on Thursday in The Hague after the release of exit polls in the European Parliament elections. Photograph: Koen van Weel/EPA

The Labour Party of EU commissioner Frans Timmermans on Thursday won a surprise victory in the Dutch election for the European Parliament, an exit pol(...)

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