Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki: called a  video conference with his Czech, Slovak and Hungarian counterparts to discuss the diplomatic  dispute, and Russia’s recent build-up of troops near Ukraine. Photograph: Wojciech Olkusnik

Central European states have closed ranks around the Czech Republic in its row with Russia over alleged spying and sabotage, as Moscow and EU and Nato(...)

 A man takes a photo of the Tokyo Olympic countdown clock indicating the remaining 100 days until the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

The French Olympic committee (CNOSF) is confident that all French athletes can be vaccinated against Covid-19 before this year’s Tokyo Olympics, its p(...)

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(...)

From left: Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and Italian senator and head of the Lega Nord (Northern League) party Matteo Salvini pose for photos after a press conference  in Budapest. Photograph:   Attila Kisbenedek/Getty Images)

Hungary’s nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban and Polish ally Mateusz Morawiecki have agreed with Italian far-right leader Matteo Salvini to work (...)

People queue at the entrance of a Covid-19 testing lab at the Polish-German border in Slubice, western Poland. Photograph: Lech Muszynski/EPA

Poland could face a second successive Easter under lockdown after its government said restrictions would need to be tightened to quell a record surge (...)

A handout picture posted by Kira Yarmysh, press secretary of Alexei Navalny, on Twitter shows the anti-corruption activist  and his wife Yulia  before passing the border control at the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has urged Russians to launch street protests against the country’s rulers, after he was jailed for 30 days on his arri(...)

Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister, greets Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, during a roundtable meeting at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

Hungarian and Polish leaders have declared victory in a dispute over tying European Union funds to the rule of law, even as some of their critics insi(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the media following a virtual meeting with the European Council on Thursday. Germany has the European Council presidency and Merkel is seeking a way forward from Poland and Hungary’s blockade of the EU budget and a coronavirus aid package. Photograph: Andreas Gora – Pool/Getty Images

The remarkable success – and speed – demonstrated by the EU leaders’ July agreement on the emergency €750 billion coronavirus rescue package and seven(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: His country stands to lose significant sums by blocking the budget and recovery plan.

European Union member states postponed a bust-up over a blockage on next year’s budget and recovery funds intended to stimulate economic growth follow(...)

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and French prime minister Jean Castex  meet members of Civil Protection who organized the Covid-19 test centre at the 4th district City Hall in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

Health authorities have warned that hospitals are at risk of being overrun across Europe as countries see record rises in coronavirus infections and i(...)

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