Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban: His closeness to Russian president Vladimir Putin has become a turn-off for many voters, although he remains favourite to win the elections. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

Addressing EU leaders this month, Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy named their countries one by one. “Za nas” (with us) he said each time, mean(...)

Smoke rising after an explosion in Kyiv. Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP via Getty

In Kyiv, a 12-storey residential building has been damaged after it was hit by Russian shelling this morning. Ukraine’s second-largest city of Kh(...)

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire at a residential apartment building after it was hit by a Russian attack in the early hours of the morning in the Sviatoshynskyi District, Kyiv, Ukraine. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy has suggested that his country may be willing to temper its Nato membership ambitions, as Russia intensified i(...)

 Polish president Andrzej Duda speaks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Andrzej Lange

Polish president Andrzej Duda has vetoed a bill on media ownership that would have forced US conglomerate Discovery to sell its majority stake in Pola(...)

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Photograph: Francisco Seco/Pool/AFP via Getty

For six years, EU member states have fiddled while Poland’s populist government burned down its constitutional order – and now the flames are spreadin(...)

Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki: he  dismissed talk of Poland’s EU departure  or ‘Polexit’  as ‘fake news’. Photograph:  Getty Images

Poland’s legal standoff with the EU has reached breaking point after its highest court ruled that some EU laws and articles of the European Treaties (...)

Polish justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro has asked the country’s constitutional court to examine whether the European Convention on Human Rights is applicable as a whole in Poland. Photograph: Attila Husejnow/SOPA/LightRocket via Getty

Poland has ramped up its battle with Europe by questioning the right of European courts to rule on the legality of its contested judicial reforms. Po(...)

Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen at a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph:  Pascal Rossignol

The European Commission has begun legal proceedings against Hungary and Poland for discrimination against LGBT+ people in an escalating rule of law f(...)

Polish president Andrzej Duda; and Polish ombudsman Adam Bodnar. Photograph: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP via Getty

Polish president Andrzej Duda has attacked the departing ombudsman as “anti-Polish” for suggesting their central European homeland has taken an “anti-(...)

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of Poland’s ruling  Law and Justice (PiS)  party. Photograph: Beata Zawrzel/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Poland’s ruling conservative-nationalist coalition could collapse if its members fail to ratify the EU’s coronavirus recovery package, the country’s d(...)

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