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(...)

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: The carve-up of key European jobs has begun as incumbent terms run out. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

It’s a bit like a big children’s game of political musical chairs, played over a year in multiple dimensions, according to unstated but almost self-co(...)

European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager: “We look at state aid from any possible angle to see if tools are being used that shouldn’t be use to give a selective advantage.” Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

There are not many European Union commissioners who can boast of high popularity ratings. But in the two years since her appointment as Europe’s compe(...)

 Étáin Sweeney Keogh (18)  from Fivemilebourne, Leitrim, who  “took over” the lord mayor of Dublin’s office for Plan International Ireland as part of  the  UN International Day of the Girl. Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Sweden is the best country in the world to be a girl, according to an index of 144 countries by Save the Children, the international advocacy group. (...)

A migrant, surrounded by  Croatian police,  near the Opatovac transit centre for migrants and refugees,  September 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images

Militant Islamist groups are not thought to be using the refugee influx into Europe to smuggle in militants who could carry out attacks, according to (...)

Kristian Thulesen Dahl: his right-wing populist Danish People’s Party  emerged as the big election winner. Photograph: Linda Kastrup/EPA

Fans of television political drama Borgen are no strangers to the intricacies of Danish coalition-building, but voters handed Denmark’s real-life lead(...)

There’s no such thing in Europe these days as a purely domestic general election. And yesterday’s victory by the right in Denmark, true to such recent(...)

Danish prime minister has quit as  head of the Social Democrats after an election defeat. Photograph: Gregers Tycho/Polfoto/AP.

A right-wing eurosceptic party that was one of the biggest winners in Denmark‘s parliamentary election stood by demands including a referendum on Euro(...)

Denmark’s prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and opposition leader Lars Loekke Rasmussen speak to journalists as they arrive for the final televised duel before the election in Copenhagenon. Photograph: Liselotte Sabroe/AFP/Getty Images

Danes voted on Thursday in a cliff-hanger election, where an opposition centre-right alliance is seeking to oust prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmid(...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s Social Democrats have taken the lead in polls after their centre-right opponents faced controversy. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/EPA

Denmark’s centre-right opposition has frittered away a 17-point lead and now lags in opinion polls just 10 days ahead of a national election, with pun(...)

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