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The former French finance minister and IMF chief s likely to continue Mario Draghi’s loose monetary policy, disappointing many Germans.


As Brexit looms, Scotland’s first minister may have another opportunity to make the case for leaving the United Kingdom.


Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister is the poster boy of Europe’s right-wing populists.

Close-Up: Robert Habeck

In a political landscape beset by fragmentation, Germanyʼs Greens are going from strength to strength. Their party leaderʼs instinctive ability to reach new voters …


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?