Duncan Robinson

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Such were the first comments of Paolo Gentiloni, after being asked on Sunday by Italy’s president to become the country’s new prime minister. Read more

Duncan Robinson

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Michel Barnier played his greatest hits during his first public foray as the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator. Read more

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Duncan Robinson

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It’s not a precedent any president would want to set. François Hollande is the first French head of state since the second world war not to stand for re-election. Laid low by dreadful popularity ratings, the socialist Hollande had little chance of prevailing next year against centre-right candidate François Fillon or Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front. Read more

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For much of the recent past, Spain’s Congreso de los Diputados offered little in the way of political entertainment. Read more

Duncan Robinson

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“Process is power.” This mantra for EU diplomats will come to the fore during the two years of negotiations that will determine the terms of Britain’s break with Europe. Read more

Alan Beattie

Much horror and perturbation among the Asia-Pacific countries meeting earlier this month in Lima at Donald Trump’s threat to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the proposed regional trade agreement of twelve countries.

The buzz was all about China taking over the lead in designing the world’s trade architecture. But the EU, recently an international laughing stock when the plucky region of Wallonia single-handedly (though temporarily) blocked a trade deal with Canada, has quietly been getting on with one or two projects of its own. Read more

Duncan Robinson

A visibly upset Martin Schulz called time on his career in the European Parliament, triggering a scramble to replace him in Brussels and political ructions in Berlin. Here are some of the questions his departure raise.

The European Parliament was stale during Martin Schulz’s tenure at the assembly’s president, which began in 2012. While fringe parties created a fuss at the edge, at the core was an alliance between his centre-left S&D and the centre right EPP, in which they broadly agreed to chomp through whatever legislation they were served. Having being kept on a leash for years, some MEPs may want to run free. But they need to be careful. After elections in 2014, eurosceptic parties make up about a third of the chamber. If the EU is to function, then some form of deal needs to be cut between the more moderate groups. Horse trading over who takes the presidency will play a big role. Read more

Duncan Robinson

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Officials in Brussels have been working on plans to stop countries from demanding that companies keep data within national borders. Read more

James Politi

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Move over, France and the Netherlands: there might be another big election in the first half of 2017 with the potential of delivering a populist leader to the helm of government in an influential EU state. Read more

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Message to the world: No, French pollsters are not to blame for failing to predict the stunning outcome of the French rightwing primary last Sunday. Read more

Duncan Robinson

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Nicknamed “Dr No” during the Greek debt crisis, German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble may attract a similar moniker for the Brexit negotiations. Read more

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Not so for Gunther Oettinger, the EU’s digital policy chief and soon-to-be budget boss. Read more

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First, Emmanuel Macron, the young economic adviser the French president promoted as economy minister in 2014, is to confirm his presidential bid, whether or not his mentor decides to seek re-election next year. Read more

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The gold gilded door, the grins, the open neck shirt. This was a chilling sight for the EU establishment. Donald Trump, the US president-elect, had made his first big overture to a politician on the continent. . . and his name was Nigel Farage. Read more

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By Richard Milne

In these times of severe political turbulence, it can be tempting to look for relief in a Nordic region long renowned for its stability. But even those peaceful northern European states are not living up to their reputation. Read more