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Portugese prime minister Antonio  Costa (centre), whose lead in polls has been shrinking, making his hopes of securing a majority in Sunday’s election look increasingly fanciful. Photograph: Mario Cruz/EPA

A Socialist election campaign rally is ending in Santarém, a town north of Lisbon. Prime minister António Costa concludes a rousing speech to supporte(...)

Portuguese prime minister and Socialist leader  António Costa during a campaign rally at Carlos Lopes pavilion in Lisbon. Photograph: Patricia De Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images

Across the street from the Socialist headquarters in central Lisbon, an opposition party has hung an election campaign poster with a provocative messa(...)

The Spanish acting prime minister and secretary general of the Socialist Party, Pedro Sanchez, with deputy secretary general Adriana Lastra, in Madrid, on Monday. Photograph: Mariscal/EPA

After months of political stalemate in Spain, Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez believes he can avert a fourth general election in as many years by formi(...)

Spokesman for the national drivers’ union Pardal Henriques  addresses elements of the strike picket, outside the headquarters of the Logistics Fuel Company in Aveiras de Cima, Portugal. Photograph: Carlos Barroso/EPA

Portugal has started rationing petrol as a precaution after 2,000 lorry drivers began an open-ended strike over pay, a move that comes at the height o(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk and Estonian prime minister Juri Ratas attend a roundtable at the council’s summit  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/Pool via Reuters

After a day and night of frantic bilateral meetings with fellow EU leaders, and precious little sleep, European Council president Donald Tusk will rec(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

 European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at a EPP leader meeting ahead of a special EU summit in Brussels, Belgium.  Photograph: Sascha Steinbach/EPA

The subtext to journalists from the EU leaders going into their summit dinner in Brussels on Tuesday night was clear. The gathering was part post mor(...)

Former Conservative  MP  Ann Widdecombe   with colleagues from the Brexit Party celebrate it success in the EU elections in London on Monday. Photograph: Tolga AkmenAFP/Getty Images

AUSTRIA The conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) of Sebastian Kurz shrugged off 10 days of crisis, and his impending dismissal as chancellor, to finish (...)

Pedro Sánchez is likely to remain the only socialist leading a major European country. Photograph: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg

The dramatic recovery of the Spanish social democratic left in last weekend’s general election is a political event of Europe-wide significance, a har(...)

A video grab obtained from drone footage shows the wreckage of a tourist bus that crashed on April 17, 2019 in Canico, on the Portuguese island of Madeira.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Madeira began three days of mourning on Thursday for 29 German tourists who died after their bus veered off a steep road, as Germany’s foreign minist(...)

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