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German chancellor Angela Merkel with Russian president Vladimir Putin in 2012. During a weekend of telephone diplomacy, Merkel told Putin he had “breached international law with his unacceptable intervention in the Crimea”. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

For the 14 years they have known each other, Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin have gotten on like cat and dog. Their public remarks strain the (...)

US television personality Kim Kardashian (left), her mother Kris Jenner (right) and their host, 81-year-old Austrian businessman Richard Lugner (centre) arrive for the Vienna Opera Ball at the State Opera in Vienna. Photograph: EPA/Herbert Pfarrhofer

Vienna’s Opera Ball, the highlight of Austria’s Eurotrash calendar, reached a new low on Thursday night with a blackface scandal,(...)

British prime minister David Cameron  believes he has found a kindred spirit in Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister. In recent months Rutte has argued that, in the EU’s pursuit of growth, jobs and stability, less is often more.  Photograph: Will Oliver/Getty Images

Amid the chatter surrounding German chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to London on Thursday was speculation about British prime minister David C(...)

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel: has always been sympathetic to British prime minister David Cameron. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel gets the royal treatment in London today: a speech to both houses of parliament, lunch at Number 10 and tea wit(...)

Even now, despite CDU support, Berlin officials are concerned that Jean-Claude Juncker’s  outspoken style has put many noses out of joint in other European capitals. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has backed Jean-Claude Juncker to lead Europe’s conservative bloc in May’s E(...)

In Zürich’s ‘Tages-Anzeiger’, the growing unease is front-page news. Under the headline “Concern examines shifting base to Ireland” the paper reported that an unnamed energy company, employing 40,000 people worldwide, had already called in consultants

Ireland could emerge as a winner from the recent Swiss vote to reintroduce inward migration quotas, including on EU citizens. The decisio(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel with former  agriculture minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, whom she fired  last Friday after he admitted telling the Social Democratic Party – but not her – last year that one of its MPs had been named in a swoop on a Canadian child pornography ring. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing the first crisis of her third term with her(...)

 German president Joachim Gauck speaking  at the 50th Munich Security Conference in  Munich yesterday.  Photograph:  Joerg Koch/Getty Images

German president Joachim Gauck has urged his fellow citizens to show greater confidence in themselves and demonstrate greater willingness to engage in(...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt adresses the media on January 30th, 2014 after the Socialist People’s Party quit the government. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/AFP/Getty Images

Danish Social Democrat prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has vowed to remain in office after a coalition partner departed over a controversial (...)

ECB president Mario Draghi speaking during a panel session on the third day of the World Economic Forum in Davos yesterday. Photograph; Laurent Gillieron/EPA

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi told global leaders in Davos yesterday he favoured an “accelerated time line” in breaking the link betwee(...)

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