Frans Timmermans

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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(...)

Candidates to succeed Jean Claude Juncker as European Commission president gather before their debate at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday. (From left) Jan Zahradil, Nico Cué, Ska Keller,  Margrethe Vestager, Frans Timmermans  and Manfred Weber. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Frans Timmermans was being careful. The European Commission vice-president, who is the socialist group’s (PES) nominee for the commission presidency, (...)

A protest against judicial reforms in Wroclaw, Poland. Critics say  the changes create the tools for politicians to bend judges to their will. File photograph: Mieczyslaw Michalak/Agencja Gazeta via Reuters

Three years ago, Alina Czubieniak cancelled the temporary arrest of a mentally ill man accused of kissing and touching a minor inappropriately because(...)

Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken on March 28, 2018. Photograph: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Facebook is ready to give in to pressure from Brussels over criticism that its new rules on online political advertising restricts EU parties from cam(...)

Romanian magistrate Laura Codruta Kovesi, former DNA (National Anti-corruption Department) chief arrives at a police station in Bucharest on March 29th. Photograph: George Calin/AFP/Getty

Romania’s government has rejected sharp European and US criticism of its sweeping judicial reforms and its bid to stop the country’s most high-profile(...)

Plastic straws are among items to be banned in the EU by 2021: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Single-use plastic items such as straws, forks, knives, and cotton buds will be banned in the European Union by 2021 following a vote by members of th(...)

A  2018 billboard showing Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, which reads, “First he just wanted to take our money, now the unity of Europe is at stake”, outside the European Parliament in Brussels. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s nationalist Fidesz party is sending mixed signals on whether it will respond with compromise or confrontation (...)

A demonstration against recent legislative measures introduced by Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban,  in Budapest. Over the past months thousands of Hungarians have taken to the streets to call for Mr Orban’s resignation. Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

The EU is failing to tackle a growing threat to democracy and the rule of law in Hungary, according to critics in the European Parliament of the count(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has told British prime minister Theresa May in a private phone call that shifting her red lines in f(...)

Members of the European Parliament: it is a genuine co-legislator in many areas of EU policy and budgeting.  Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP

The turn of the new year has ushered in the EU’s election season. In five months, voters across the union will cast ballots in a European Parliament v(...)

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