German chancellor and leader of the German Christian Democrats Angela Merkel with Horst Seehofer, governor of Bavaria and leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Unio. Photograph: Alexandra Beier/Getty Images

US: Election year Suzanne Lynch, Washington Correspondent As the sun sets on 2017, the United States is coming to terms with the first year of a Tr(...)

Italian prime minister Paolo Gentiloni: said Italy was “back on track” after the worst economic crisis in the postwar period. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella on Thursday dissolved parliament ahead of an election which is expected to produce a period of instability in the (...)

Susanna Ceccardi of the right-wing Northern League, who is mayor of Cascina, in Tuscany. “I think that regulating immigration is a moderate position,” she says. Photograph: Facebook

In September 1944 African-American soldiers from the US Army’s “Buffalo” division helped liberate Cascina from German forces retreating north into the(...)

Beppe Grillo (centre), co-founder of the Five Star Movement, at a rally in Aci Trezza on Sicily, on October 28th. Photograph:  Gianni Cipriano/The New York Times

For Italian politicians, it’s high season in Sicily. Days before the island votes in regional elections on Sunday, the country’s ambitious and warring(...)

5-Star Movement founder Beppe Grillo  addresses the party’s congress last month in Rimini. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s traditional political parties have pledged to back a new electoral law this week that is seen penalising the anti-establishment 5-Star Movemen(...)

Brexit has not yet found any imitators. The real threat to the cohesion of the EU, posed by the UK’s vote to quit, was always more likely to come over time rather than immediately

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Demonstrators hold placards during a protest rally against Czech finance minister Andrej Babis and President Milos Zeman in Prague on Wednesday. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Thousands of Czechs have joined street protests over a political crisis that pits the country’s embattled premier against its billionaire finance mini(...)

 Phillip Lymbery, author of    Dead Zone: Where Wild Things Were,  in the Natural History Museum, Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

“Which is the most ugliest?” a boy of around seven says to his friend as they breathe on the glass cabinet of a bird display in Dublin’s Natural Histo(...)

“Italexit” is increasingly on the agenda in Italy. Photograph: iStock

Alberto Bagnai, a professor at Pescara university with a blog called Goofynomics, this week made a typically provocative demand: that the US should pr(...)

British trader Navinder Singh Sarao outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court, London, in August 2015, after he was granted bail on charges of helping trigger a multibillion-dollar US stock market flash crash. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

It took Navinder Singh Sarao a long time to accept that he might have been scammed out of $50 million. Stuck in London’s Wandsworth prison, wracked w(...)

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