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French president Emmanuel Macron said contradictions within the European People’s Party and the Party of European Socialists in the European Parliament are blocking progress. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AP

President Emmanuel Macron has called for a “recomposition” of political groupings within the European Parliament and indicated that he is likely to fo(...)

Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister and founder of Forza Italia, on an Italian TV show in  January. Photograph: Getty Images

With his perfectly dyed dark hair and his ivory-white teeth glistening in the lights of the television studio, Silvio Berlusconi – the octogenarian co(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban and  Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz  at a press conference after their meeting in Vienna. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/EPA

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz has praised visiting Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s tough stance on immigration, and said Vienna wants to (...)

The views of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, who sees liberal values as inimical to success in “the great global race”, a race in which Russia, China and India are identified as among the strongest contenders, constitutes a clear challenge to European values. Photograph:  Michaela Rehle/Reuters

“If the European Union won’t pay, we’ll apply to China.” These words of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, spoken in Berlin earlier this month, re(...)

Hungarian police with a Ukrainian-registered AN-2 aircraft near Kallosemjen, 242km east of Budapest on Wednesday. Photograph: Zsolt Czegledi/AP

Hungarian police are searching for the pilot of an ageing Ukrainian biplane that landed in a field carrying smuggled Asian passengers, as the Budapest(...)

George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations. He believes Russia is the source of much of the attacks against him, and that it’s personal. “Putin doesn’t like me,” he says. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/AFP/Getty Images

Fame brings nothing but trouble, George Soros’s father warned him. By concealing his family’s Jewish identity, Tivadar Soros helped save them from dep(...)

Former head of the Czech Academy of Sciences and presidential candidate Jiri Drahos has a real chance of winning the January 26th-27th decider. Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images

A Eurosceptic, anti-immigration populist with close ties to Russia has won central Europe’s first big election battle of the year, but may yet lose hi(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May:  how will the EU act when it comes to securing a trade deal with a country that is still the fifth largest economy in the world? Photograph: EPA

Here comes another tortuous year of Brexit, and it will be tiresome to read about. So I’m getting in early. The frothing anti-EU British press will de(...)

Emmanuel Macron and Chinese president Xi Jinping stand to inaugurate the first meeting of the French-Chinese business council, in Beijing this week. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/Reuters

One of the thorniest questions facing French president Emmanuel Macron is how to deal with dictatorships and what the French sociologist Edgar Morin (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  “This is the third year in a row that we’ve had more resources, a bigger budget, more staff, more beds, more home care, and despite all that we haven’t seen an improvement.” Photograph: Tibor Illyes/AP)

As the number of people on hospital trolleys remains stubbornly high, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed his frustration that higher public health s(...)

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