# European election

Spanish caretaker prime minister, socialist Pedro Sanchez, applauds after winning a parliamentary vote to elect a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on January 7, 2020. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP
Spanish caretaker prime minister, social […]

Spanish PM turns left in coalition with Podemos

Spain's new coalition between PM Pedro Sanchez's Socialists and hard-left Podemos wants to raise taxes for the rich, roll back a reform of labour market laws and raise salaries
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L, OeVP) and Vice Chancellor Werner Kogler (R, Green) attend the first Council of Ministers of a new government coalition of conservatives and Greens in Vienna on January 8, 2020. Photo: Alex Halada / AFP
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (L, O […]

Austria’s unlikely coalition plan boasts ‘best of both worlds’

Austria's new coalition of conservatives and Greens has set out plans to make the country not only a pioneer in fighting climate change but also one that pursues anti-immigration policies
A Brexit activist holds a Union Flag-themed umbrella as he demonstrates outside of the Houses of Parliament in central London on October 21, 2019. Photo: Isabel Infantes / AFP
A Brexit activist holds a Union Flag-the […]

UK general election: what could happen?

Britain votes in a crucial general election on Thursday, with latest opinion polls showing Prime Minister Boris Johnson locked in a tight battle to win a majority and deliver his Brexit plans
German Defence Minister and EU commission president candidate Ursula von der Leyen speaks to journalists during the first plenary session of the newly elected European Assembly at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on July 3, 2019. Photo: Frederick Florin / AFP
German Defence Minister and EU commissio […]

New EU chief must piece together diverse top team

After negotiating her own confirmation as president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen must now put together a 27-nation team to help her run the bloc
Combo shows IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde (L) at the IMF headquarters in Washington, DC, April 10, 2019 and newly-appointed EU commission head Ursula von der Leyen in Strasbourg on July 3, 2019. Photos: Saul Loeb / AFP and Frederick Florin / AFP
Combo shows IMF Managing Director Christ […]

New EU team smashes glass ceiling but new challenges loom

EU leaders have broken the glass ceiling in naming two women to the bloc's top jobs but questions remain over whether they and their two male colleagues can rise to the challenges ahead
Former Italian PM and leader of the right-wing party Forza Italia Silvio Berlusconi shows his ballot paper before casting his vote at a polling station in Milan on May 26, 2019. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
Former Italian PM and leader of the righ […]

Colourful and controversial figures win EU parliament seats

With an intake that includes youthful idealists, weathered political survivors and former fascists, the European Parliament looks set to play host to a colourful array of lawmakers.