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German Chancellor Angela Merkel  and Horst Seehofer  in a beer tent during a joint campaigning event of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union  in Munich.   Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel gave her strongest indication yet that Europe and the US under president Donald Trump are drifting apart, saying relia(...)

Fine Gael leadership contender Leo Varadkar: “a superb media performer who speaks the kind of language the public understands”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The biggest challenge facing Leo Varadkar when he takes over as taoiseach, as now appears inevitable, is whether he will be able to provide the kind o(...)

A plastic bull figurine, symbol of the Frankfurt stock exchange, is pictured in front of the share price index DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany. Photograph:  Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

2017 has been very good for European investors thus far, with equity markets racking up double-digit percentage gains. With political risks receding a(...)

France’s prime minister Edouard Philippe looks set to achieve his aim of securing a majority of seats in the National Assembly for new president Emmanuel Macron’s party, La République En Marche. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images

The campaign for next month’s legislative elections in France officially opened on Monday, two weeks and a day after the centrist Emmanuel Macron won (...)

Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right Front National (FN) party, and Steeve Briois, mayor of Hénin-Beaumont,  where Ms Le Pen was campaigning in her bid to  win a seat in the National Assembly in legislative elections on June 11th and 18th. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The defeated French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen hit the campaign trail again on Friday, in Hénin-Beaumont, a former coalmining town in northe(...)

Inua Ellams: “The three years I spent in Dublin came at a pivotal time in my life.” Photograph: Oliver Holms

Summoning the spirit of classical literature and head noddin’ hip hop in equal parts, Nigerian poet and playwright Inua Ellams cuts a distinct oeuvre.(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel prior to talks in Berlin on May 15th

The truth is that “the euro is incomplete, and cannot last without major reforms”. Thus did candidate Emmanuel Macron warn a German audience. As Frenc(...)

The Palais des Festivals ahead of the 70TH Cannes Film Festival. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

The 70th Cannes Film Festival begins on Wednesday amid unprecedented levels of security. The town is about 3km from Nice where, 10 months ago, 85 peo(...)

Latest weakness was largely a product of concerns over reports Donald Trump had disclosed classified information to Russia’s foreign minister

The euro rose above $1.10 on Tuesday to hit its highest since Donald Trump was elected US president in November, as political turmoil and doubts over (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron is greeted by German chancellor Angela Merkel   upon his arrival at the chancellery in Berlin on Monday. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Getty Images

Newspaper caricatures of Emmanuel Macron show the president of France as the puppet or plaything of Angela Merkel. A lifetime since the second World W(...)

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