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Migrants rescued from the Mediterranean in the city of Khoms, around 120 kilometres  east of Tripoli, Libya on Tuesday. Photograph: Hazem Ahmed/AP

It’s nowhere near the 2015-16 migration spike, but the trans-Mediterranean flow of desperate refugees and asylum seekers continues remorselessly, whil(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. His government says it will now propose Oliver Varhelyi – Budapest’s envoy to the EU – to be Hungary’s commissioner. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Hungary’s nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban has lambasted Brussels for rejecting his candidate for EU commissioner and denounced potential refor(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk has quietly but successfully helped to re-establish the primacy of member-state leaders in the Council in steering the EU’s political agenda, a mixed legacy smaller states may fear. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

October 31st, when the UK is due to leave the EU, will mark another unfortunate departure from its stage: that of European Council president Donald Tu(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel, gestures to an empty podium as he speaks to the press after Boris Johnson  ducked out of a planned news conference pn September 16th. Photograph: Kilian Fichou/AFP/Getty Images

When two of its panellists failed to show up, Have I Got News For You famously substituted a tub of lard for the former Labour minister Roy Hattersley(...)

Activists’ banners declare “EU Get your Ships Together!” during a ministerial meeting about migration at Fort St Angelo in Vittoriosa, Malta. Photograph: Domenic Aquilina

Four EU countries have sought to break the deadlock over European migration policy, as Italy’s new government underlined its move away from the hardli(...)

Oughterard campaign leaders say the help of the far-right is not welcome.  Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Last March, the organisers of a meeting in Lismore, called to help a Syrian refugee family as they arrived in the picturesque Waterford town, had an u(...)

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, speaks with Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, after a press conference ahead of their dinner at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

French president Emmanuel Macron’s short trip to Rome on Wednesday night ended the 15 worst months in Franco-Italian relations in recent memory, and s(...)

Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (right): move is a gamble for the 44-year-old senator who is appealing to the political centre at a time when his popularity is low. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA

Italy’s former prime minister Matteo Renzi has announced he is splitting from the centre-left Democratic Party to set up a new centrist political move(...)

Refugees and migrants at Zawiya detention centre, in the northwest of Libya, in early 2019.

Three men accused of torturing and raping refugees and migrants in Libya have been arrested in Italy. They include a 22-year-old Guinean man and two E(...)

Before and during the G7 summit in Biarritz, France’s President Emmanuel Macron held intense talks with UK prime minister Boris Johnson, US president Donald Trump. Sarria/AFP/Getty Images 1

It is a difficult thing for politicians to change. Nearly halfway through his five-year term, in what is widely heralded as Act II of his presidency, (...)

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