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Russian president Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban during a joint news conference following their talks at the Kremlin. Photograph: Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Eurosceptic Hungarian premier Viktor Orban have discussed deeper energy and financial co-operation and congratula(...)

In his final state of the union speech as European Commission president, Jena-Claude Juncker set out 18 new ideas – many of which seemed like direct retorts to the EU’s critics. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Claude Juncker didn’t explicitly mention Hungary in his state of the union speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Nor did he deal at any length with (...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: many supposed allies in the European People’s Party voted to condemn his hard-line policies. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The Czech Republic and Poland have backed Hungary after the European Parliament launched disciplinary proceedings against Budapest for threatening de(...)

Matteo Salvini: observers suggest he could easily be prevailed on to stand for the presidency of the European Commission. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

With elections to the European Parliament looming in May 2019, the plenary this week in Strasbourg, the beginning of the last session before MEPs face(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán suffered a stinging rebuke from his European political allies on Wednesday when the EU’s parliament voted for the first time to(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The European Union should scrap national vetoes on tax, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday. In his annual state-of-the-union ad(...)

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban   at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The government in Budapest is accused of  multiple breaches of the rule of law, corruption,  discrimination against minorities, and its refusal to take in migrants. Photograph: EPA/Patrick Seeger

Hungary will not be blackmailed by MEPs, prime minister Viktor Orban told a heated European Parliament debate on Tuesday, adding that “if necessary we(...)

A woman rides her bike next to an election poster of Ebba Busch Thor, leader of the Christian Democrats Party  in Stockholm. The general election in Sweden takes place on Sunday. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images
The far right: on the march

Recent elections across Europe have seen traditional political patterns undergo dramatic changes, if not in exactly the same way in each country. Whi(...)

A Spanish rescue  boat carries rescued migrants to the port of Almeria, southern Spain, on Sunday. Photograph: Carlos Barba/EPA

Fewer people are making the journey across the Mediterranean to Europe, but the proportion of those losing their lives while trying has risen sharply,(...)

France’s president, Emmanuel Macron: “The rise of extremes is almost a general rule, and France is an exception.” Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

French president Emmanuel Macron took fire from every direction this week: from Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and Italian interior minister Ma(...)

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