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John Kampfner

The danger at Europe’s door

Amid faint glimmers of hope, the European elections showed that a politics the world hoped was long gone is back on the march

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Giorgia on their minds

This week’s European elections could leave Italy’s right wing PM as the continent’s biggest power-broker

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Macron’s new global dilemma

In his rush to participate in geopolitics, has the president forgotten about strife-torn France itself?

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How are relations between the UK and EU these days? Closer.. but no cigar

Our diplomats are working quietly to reconcile with the EU. Just don’t expect Britain to rejoin any time soon

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There’s danger at the door for Spain

After local election humiliation, Spain’s PM Pedro Sánchez is risking everything on a national poll that could usher in Isabel Díaz Ayuso and the alt-right

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Memorial or stigma? Germany’s statue debate

The fate of Wittenberg’s antisemitic sculpture on the wall of the town church remains in dispute

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Orbán’s iron grip is rusting

All roads in Hungary still lead to its populist PM – but after missteps over Ukraine and EU funding, for how much longer?

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Ukraine’s greatest danger is not defeat … it is the concept of Cold Peace

The window of opportunity for victory against Russia is open. If Zelensky does not succeed, pressure for a deal will grow

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Schisms in Slovakia may be bad news here and abroad

The consequences of a new divide in Slovakian society will extend far beyond the country's borders

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Austria’s life in the neutral zone

The country’s longstanding neutrality faces scrutiny as far-right MPs walk out on Volodymyr Zelensky’s address

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Big trouble ahead in little Italy

Two-thirds of Argentinians are descended from the old country.. and the two nations share some of the same problems

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State of denial

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has brought shame on Russia, yet there is still no big internal push for his removal. Will the anniversary change that?

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A danger at the heart of Europe

Buoyed by a court victory, populist Andrej Babiš could now seize the Czech presidency and destabilise unity over Ukraine and Russia

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Where does Europe go from here?

After Covid, Europe has just about dealt with another global crisis over Ukraine. Yet competing visions mean its own future is uncertain

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Germany’s old ghosts and a very modern putsch

An alleged coup attempt by the obscure Reichsbürger movement reflects growing belief in conspiracy theories among Germany’s far right

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Volodymyr Zelensky: The defiant one

Volodymyr Zelensky, the unlikely hero who faced down a tyrant, is the New European’s European Of The Year

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Scholz is doing it his way

Quiet, a bit boring and he rose without trace – but is the German chancellor turning out to be quite good?

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Belittled Britain

Another Tory farce has diminished the UK’s standing in the world. But could better times be ahead?

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Putin’s rotten state

Whatever comes next for Russia, it will not be liberal democracy

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Hitler’s grand designs for a Berlin that never was

In the north of Berlin, on the site of a little-visited former garden, lies one of the city’s best-kept historical secrets

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How Robert Habeck became Germany’s Green giant

Robert Habeck is the country’s most popular politician. But a hard autumn and winter are coming...

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Will Germany step up or sit back?

Humiliated over its Ukraine response, the country is again debating its position in Europe and the wider world

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Boris Johnson is making war with Europe to save his skin

Boris Johnson is safe... for now. So Europe is braced for more conflict from a PM eager to revive Brexit wars in order to restore his lost lustre

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A PM running out of friends

The defeat of ideological twin Scott Morrison in Australia is yet another blow to beleaguered Boris Johnson

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Putin’s May 9 WWII obsession shows he’s closer to Britain than he might think

The UK and Russia – albeit in vastly different ways – seem unable to move on from the events of eight decades ago

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Ukraine needs a new Berlin airlift

The Allies beat a Russian blockade in 1948. Now it is incumbent on Germany to help lead a new wave of aid

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The French elections reveal liberal values under threat

After winning the first round of voting in the presidential elections by only a small margin, Emmanuel Macron has just two weeks to pull voters back from the brink of extremism

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I’m a Chelsea fan who’s glad to see Abramovich sanctioned

The Russian oligarch should have got out years ago - now the club I love is in limbo

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Will the West betray the Ukrainians?

We are all Ukrainians... for now. But as fuel costs rise and a drawn-out war looms, how long will the West’s resolve last?

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The dictator, the director and Russia’s days of shame

Two 1990s films made by a future Putin ally explain the national obsession with humiliation that led to Ukraine

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The Labour Party are ready for a lame duck shoot

Many in Keir Starmer’s party now believe a wounded Boris Johnson staying in power offers their best chance of election victory

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Why has Germany been so slow to act over Ukraine?

Olaf Scholz is moving at last, but energy dependency and World War II guilt lie behind what could prove a fatal apathy

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