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As deputy prime minister and interior minister, the leader of the right-wing Lega party has quickly become the dominant force in Italian politics. His …


On July 1, Austria is taking over the presidency of the Council of the EU for six months. Who is its new, young chancellor, …


Is the EU’s trade commissioner ready for a trade war?


The man from Hamburg is trim, self-confident, and highly ambitious—and he’s staying tight-lipped about his plans for the German finance ministry. His record as …


Who is the young leader of Italy’s populist Five Star Movement?


The mayor of Słupsk, a small city in northern Poland, has made a name for himself as a rising left-wing star fighting a tide …


The chancellor has spent a quarter of a century fending off party rivals. Is there anyone left to succeed her?


All eyes are now on France’s economy minister. Is he the right person to push through much-needed reforms?


British media have painted the EU chief Brexit negotiator as an inflexible ideologue. It’s a caricature few in Brussels recognize.


The former president of the EU parliament seems to have changed Germany‘s whole political scene. Is he a winner?


Winning the Dutch elections may not be enough for the far-right leader.


Spain’s new-old prime minister has weathered every storm that’s come his way, but major challenges remain.


Come spring, who will become France’s next president? The non-conformist former minister of the economy has more than an outside chance.


The former Polish prime minister may become the man to negotiate Britain’s exit from the EU.


The veteran of the Soviet school of diplomacy serves largely as the figurehead for a foreign policy beyond his control.


Poland’s “prezes” is steering his country firmly to the right.