Olaf Scholz

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German chancellor Olaf Scholz (above) and his foreign minister Annalena Baerbock are racing to restart the stalled engine of diplomacy as the shadow of war spreads once more across the continent. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

After just six weeks, Berlin’s new government has been thrown in at the deep end. The pandemic and the very real threat of war on Germany’s doorstep h(...)

German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock and Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba in Kyiv on Monday. Photograph: Ukrainian foreign affairs press/AFP via Getty Images

On taking office as Germany’s chief diplomat, Annalena Baerbock promised to spearhead a new era of “value-oriented” foreign policy. Her promise begged(...)

Photograph: iStock

European shares slipped on Thursday, weighed down by defensive and travel stocks, on a continuing surge in Covid-19 cases globally due to the Omicron (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen following their meeting  in Paris on Friday. Photograph:  Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

It was an awkward question for the presidents of France and the European Commission, on a day when both proclaimed the need for a more powerful Europe(...)

Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner: she is still talked up by the Conservative-supporting press but her star has dimmed in recent weeks as Starmer has tightened his grip on the party. Photograph: UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

With his party enjoying a small but consistent lead in the polls and less internal unrest than usual, Labour leader Keir Starmer hoped for a strong st(...)

Charlottenburg Palace Garden in Berlin. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Germans across large parts of the country face a tightening of rules governing both private and public spaces in an effort to slow down a wave of coro(...)

Italy’s prime minister Mario Draghi during his end-of-year address in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Italian prime minister Mario Draghi has admitted that Europe has few tools to deter Russia from a military confrontation with Ukraine as tension mount(...)

 France’s president Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s chancellor Olaf Scholz during a summit in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys/EPA

The European Union has warned Russia there will be “massive consequences” and a “severe cost” if it invades Ukraine, in a bid to discourage Moscow fro(...)

Olaf Scholz, Germany’s chancellor, arrives at a European Union  leaders’ summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

Newly installed German chancellor Olaf Scholz headed to his first summit in Brussels bearing the Russian baggage of his two predecessors. Barely a we(...)

Rockin’ around the steel-and-glass Christmas tree in Bordeaux in France, where the mayor is not a fan of ‘dead trees’. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP

Image of the week: O Christmas Tree You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why: this 11m, mirror-adorned Chri(...)

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