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Angela Merkel: “I see the European Union as our life insurance.” Photograph: EPA

It’s a grim winter’s day in Berlin, and the political climate matches the weather. Everywhere Angela Merkel looks there are storm clouds, as the value(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen greets Croatia’s prime  minister Andrej Plenkovic at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Every new presidency of the EU has its own flavour, its own national initiative to mark it out from the rest and to be remembered by. Croatia, a grou(...)

Prague mayor Zdenek Hrib, Budapest mayor Gergely Karacsony, Bratislava mayor Matus Vallo and Warsaw mayor Rafal Trzaskowski shake hands after signing the Pact of Free Cities at the Central European University in Budapest on Monday. Photograph: Tamas Kaszas/Reuters

The leaders of the so-called Visegrad Four countries have ganged up against Brussels on issues including immigration, climate change and the rule of l(...)

A protest against the cultural policy of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s government in Budapest, Hungary.  Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP via Getty Images

Thousands of Hungarians have protested against a plan to tighten government control over theatres, which they see as part of prime minister Viktor Orb(...)

Outgoing European Council president Donald Tusk: A good film, he joked, is one “that starts with an earthquake and builds up to a climax”. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

Donald Tusk channelled Alfred Hitchcock in his farewell to hundreds of European Council staff and journalists in the vast atrium of the Justus Lipsius(...)

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(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin  shakes hands with Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban in Budapest: Hungary could connect “as soon as possible” to the new TurkStream pipeline that will bring Russian gas to central Europe. Photograph:  Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has rejected criticism over his government’s good relationship with the Kremlin and backed closer co-operation w(...)

Prime minister Viktor Orban’s “defence” of the nation against migrants and diatribes against a “meddling” Brussels are broadly popular in Hungary. Photograph: Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images

Hungary’s government has broken ranks with the European Union by refusing to condemn Turkey’s invasion of Syria and saying it is in the Hungarian nati(...)

 Newly elected mayor of Budapest Gergely Karacsony (right): “This victory is about a green and free Budapest,” he said. Photograph: Zoltan Balogh/EPA

Budapest’s liberal new mayor Gergely Karacsony has hailed a strong performance by opposition parties in Hungary’s local elections as the start of a fi(...)

Boris Johnson’s special adviser Dominic Cummings: wants to give the impression as far as possible that the prime minister is being dragged kicking and screaming to requesting a Brexit delay against his will. Photograph: Peter Summers/Getty Images

Boris Johnson’s chances of finalising a Brexit deal at an EU leaders’ summit on October 17-18th are receding, and attention is turning to whether the (...)

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