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At her first European Council meeting in December 2005, Angela Merkel emerged in the early hours ‘the deal-maker’ in brokering a budget accord. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

It was a different world when Angela Merkel walked into her first European Council meeting on December 15th, 2005. Around the table to discuss issues(...)

Passengers’ documents are checked at the port of Piraeus, near Athens on Friday. Photograph: Epa/Pantelis Saitas

European governments, wary of dramatic spikes in Covid-19 cases as the Delta variant surges among unvaccinated people, have tightened travel rules and(...)

Aerial view shows an area completely destroyed by the floods in the Blessem district of Erftstadt, western Germany. Photograph: Sebastien Bozon/AFP via Getty

Germany triggered a military disaster alert on Friday after the catastrophic flood that has claimed at least 100 lives, with at least 1,300 still miss(...)

Dutch crime reporter Peter R De Vries: he was approached by a gunman as he left the studios of broadcaster RTL and shot five times. Photograph: Remko De Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

Peter R De Vries, a Dutch investigative journalist shot in the head at close range in Amsterdam nine days ago, has died of his injuries in hospital. (...)

A busy nightlife in Amsterdam on July 10th: MPs in the Netherlands have been briefed that the current wave of Covid-19 was directly linked to the  easing of restrictions on June 26th. Photograph: Evert Elzinga/ EPA

There was a 500 per cent increase in new coronavirus cases in the Netherlands in the week to Tuesday and the reproduction rate or R number now stands (...)

Mark Rutte: “What we thought would be possible, turned out not to be possible in practice.” Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/EPA

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte conceded on Monday that coronavirus restrictions had been lifted too soon in the Netherlands and he apologised as inf(...)

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban attends a ceremony to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Slovenian independence in Ljubljana on June 25th. Photograph: Getty Images

The European Commission has threatened to take legal action against Hungary unless it repeals a new law banning the “promotion” of homosexuality and g(...)

The Amsterdam shooting of Peter R De Vries took place in the vicinity of the Leidseplein, a local hub of restaurants and bars. File photograph: EPA

Dutch investigative journalist Peter R De Vries was fighting for his life in an Amsterdam hospital on Wednesday, more than 24 hours after being shot i(...)

Dutch caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte: It’s fair to say that his  coalition has had a patchy pandemic. Photograph:  Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

There is, believe it or not, a thing in political science called “Dutchification”, the idea that when an electorate becomes too fragmented political c(...)

A protester’s placard shows Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban holding a scarf in rainbow colours in front of the parliament building in Budapest. Photograph: Gergely Besenyei

All the free tickets to Friday night’s opening ceremony of Budapest Pride were snapped up in minutes this week, but that gave little cause for celebra(...)

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