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The rising popularity of translated fiction shows we remain a country keen to look and learn beyond our shores, says Charlie Connelly.

From Brexit, to Putin, to Trump, to China, Germany faces as many global challenges as anyone, says John Kampfner. Yet it seems more steadfast than most in dealing with them.

The Balkan country's emergence from its own peculiar brand of communism has been long and faltering. STAN ABBOTT visits and finds a people still yearning for a brighter future

A striking feature of the Brexit camp's narrative in the UK both before and after the 2016 referendum has been the repeated claim that leaving the EU is consistent with the lessons of history.

The year when music came with a sense of optimism, Orientalism - and often surrealism - as pharaohs and fruit provided the inspiration.

Across Europe, the fight against the extreme right is being lost, and it is the fault of mainstream conservatism, writes ZOE WILLIAMS.

The UK government is barrelling down the Brexit motorway while ignoring the no-deal shaped brick wall in front of it, writes MICHAEL WHITE.

As the Second World War took shape, a big band leader dominated the year. While, from very different quarters, a Disney film and an emerging folk star signalled sounds of the future.SOPHIA DEBOICK reports.

American reluctance to fulfil its previous international role is leaving the global stage open to dark forces, says PAUL KNOTT.

How the killing of Tory MP Airey Neave still reverberates today, by his biographer, the veteran political reporter Paul Routledge.

IAN WALKER visits the remarkable Polish town which stands testament to both a failed ideology and proud people.

MICHAEL WHITE looks at how public contempt for politicians is increasingly mutual towards the public.

This week marks the centenary of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg. IAN WALKER pieces together the events which led up to it, and asks how her killing changed the course of the last century.

It was nothing more than a footnote, buried in the results of the Uefa Europa League second qualifying round, second leg, but it leaped out for those who remembered the days of glory: Progrès Niederkorn 2, Budapest Honved 0 (Niederkorn win 2-1 on aggregate).

Ray Kershaw travels to a city which has been through many reincarnations over the centuries, but none so dramatic or violent as its most recent

Gilda Gray built an entire career on the shimmy, the dance she developed as a teenager, writes CHARLIE CONNELLY in the most recent Great European Lives.

Stuck for something to do while the turkey cooks in the oven? Try The New European's Christmas Quiz and share your score!

Brexit is only one chapter in the story of Britain's retreat from influence, says JOHN KAMPFNER. We now face a marathon journey back to our rightful place

Winning the right to repeal Article 50 could bring its own problems, says JAMES BALL

MICHAEL WHITE: Lack of alternative leaders - on all sides - is narrowing the options

The Irish border represents Brexit's most intractable problem. But, as PADDY HOEY explains, the real issue is not about the technicalities of trade, but the more profound issue of identity it raises.

16-year-old anti-Brexit campaigner ATHIAN AKEC writes about what it feels like to be a young person watching Brexit unfold.

The Russian ruler's strategy is short-termist, simple and successful, says John Kampfner. But it is ultimately hollow

Never mind Brexit Britain - next year will be a defining one for the EU. Former Europe minister DENIS MacSHANE looks ahead to a momentous 2019

The PM is gambling on an appeal to Labour but she could still get her cards from the Tories

Trials for a new heart drug has been halted due to fears over Brexit.

After Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt's arrival at the Foreign Office suggested Britain's diplomatic standing might improve a little. But his comments to the Conservative Party conference have put paid to that, says DENIS MACSHANE, a former minister for Europe.

Accepting the misdeeds of their past can be difficult for any country. Now, a provocative new book is asking Italians some hard questions about their countrymen's role in the Holocaust. BENJAMIN IVRY reports

It is so easy to take the European Union for granted, or obsess about its faults, says SONY KAPOOR. But to understand its true value you need only look at how other global tensions remain unresolved

The German chancellor has become an anachronism from a bygone Europe, writes Paul Knott.

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