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The election of the 46-year-old former Europe minister as mayor of Warsaw has caused ripples beyond the capital. The victory of this moderate pro-European …


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 …


As foreign secretary and secretary for exiting the European Union, Jeremy Hunt and Dominic Raab have taken up keys posts in the British government. …


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.