European Council president Charles Michel gestures at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels: France is calling for nuclear power to be key. Photograph: Yves Herman

EU leaders early this morning agreed their ambitious climate targets – carbon-neutrality by 2050 – with Poland alone demurring. Coal-dependant Poland(...)

Czech Republic’s prime minister Andrej Babis: “Member states should have the ability to decide on their own about which areas they want to spend these resources on.” Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP

Sixteen European Union countries have called for the bloc’s next budget to maintain current levels of financial aid to less affluent member states and(...)

 A boy waves the EU flag during a demonstration   against Brexit, in London on Saturday  as members of parliament sat  to debate and vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s final Brexit deal. Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

EU member states will wait a few days to see what happens in London before they decide whether to grant the UK another extension or decide how long it(...)

 An injured tourist is transported to  hospital in Zakopane, Poland, on Thursday, after a lightning strike. Photograph: EPA

Four people, two of them children, died and more than 100 were injured during a thunderstorm in Poland’s Tatra mountains on Thursday, prime minister M(...)

Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban: “We have come to a good decision, so far . . . We’ll see what happens.”  Photograph:  Aris Oikonomou

European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen laid out her “political guidelines” to Hungarian premier Viktor Orban on Thursday and told hi(...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans addresses a news conference  in Brussels, Belgium, in February  2018. File photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

As I started to pen this missive – Tuesday – Frans Timmermans was still a runner to be the next European Commission president. By the afternoon the Eu(...)

 European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at a EPP leader meeting ahead of a special EU summit in Brussels, Belgium.  Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

The subtext to journalists from the EU leaders going into their summit dinner in Brussels on Tuesday night was clear. The gathering was part post mor(...)

Viktor Orban at  national day celebrations in Budapest. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban claimed on Friday that liberal values and immigration could destroy Europe, as he struck a defiant note in the f(...)

Israeli foreign minister Yisrael Katz: Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki condemned ‘racist, unreasonable and unacceptable remarks’ by Mr Katz. Photograph: Sebastian Scheiner/AFP/Getty Images

Poland has pulled out of a summit planned for Jerusalem on Tuesday, in an escalating diplomatic row over Israeli accusations of Polish complicity in t(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: has corrected what he meant by the Poles having co-operated with the Nazis. Photograph:  Jack Guez

Poland says it will attend next week’s Visegrad summit in Jerusalem, ending a diplomatic crisis with Israel sparked by comments from Israeli prime min(...)

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