Sebastian Kurz

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Sebastian Kurz was just 31 when he sailed to power in 2017 with a promise to break with so-called Freunderlwirtschaft, the local equivalent of Galway Tent politics. Photograph: Joe Klamar/ /AFP via Getty Images

With his slim fit suits, solicitous manners and Davos-ready soundbites, Sebastian Kurz is a long way from Kenneth Williams. As problems pile up at hom(...)

In reality, although the UK has not exported a single vaccine to the EU, the latter has exported 77m vaccines, 21m of them to the UK. File photograph: Getty

As expected, EU leaders’ virtual summit on Thursday was dominated by a row over Covid-19 vaccine supplies, but contrary to some predictions the clash (...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen during an online news conference at the end of a EU summit  in Brussels on  Thursday. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou, Pool Photo via AP

European Union leaders held an online summit this week to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic as they prepare to toughen export controls in an attempt to sp(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron said ‘I support the fact that we must block all exports for as long as some drug companies don’t respect their commitments with Europeans.’ Photograph: Benoit tessier/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron has declared the “end of naivety” as the European Union moved to prioritise unmet deliveries of vaccines over exports(...)

The EU is grappling with the consequences of a fresh round of shortfalls in AstraZeneca deliveries as it struggles to get its vaccination drive on track.

A row has broken out between EU member states over coronavirus vaccine allocation in the latest fallout from AstraZeneca’s worsening supply shortfalls(...)

In key capitals, government figures are openly critical of the European Commission and its president, Ursula von der Leyen, who took personal charge of the vaccine project and is now paying a heavy price for its slow progress. Photograph: Johanna Geron/ EPA

Ten weeks after the first Covid-19 vaccine was authorised for use across the continent, the EU’s inoculation campaign is stuttering, the solidarity th(...)

 Sydney’s northern beaches will enter a four-day lockdown as a cluster of cases in the area increased to more than 40. Photograph: Mark Baker/AP.

Italy will be placed under a nationwide lockdown for much of the Christmas and New Year holiday, prime minister Giuseppe Conte said on Friday, as the (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz after European leaders held remote talks on the response to terror threats in Europe on Tuesday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP via Getty Images

Reporting on Europe can be a cacophonous experience. On a typical day, Covid-19 news will compete with Brexit developments, against international geop(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron:  Citizens ‘won’t be able to accept for a long time that internal borders are kept open if we do not reform the Schengen area in depth’. Photograph: AP

Europe should overhaul its open border system, ramp up policing at its external frontiers and crack down on extremism, the leaders of France and Austr(...)

A military police officer stands guard near a synagogue in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Matthias Schrader

Austria’s anti-terror agency ignored warnings from Slovakia that the 20-year-old gunman behind Monday’s shooting incident in Vienna in which four peop(...)

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