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  • The 31-year-old who looks set to be Austria’s next chancellor
    A MAN lumbers into a tattoo studio and brandishes a photo of Sebastian Kurz, the young leader of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP). Then the artist gets to work, eventually showing the man his back in a mirror. Etched onto it is a cir…
    - 6 days ago 12 Oct 17, 4:51pm -
  • Poland’s president turns on his former boss
    ON PAPER, Poland has both a president and a prime minister. In practice, there is a third source of authority: Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the chairman of the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), who is widely seen as the country’s real leader. Since coming…
    - 6 days ago 12 Oct 17, 4:51pm -
  • The EU will not help the Catalan secessionists’ cause
    SEPARATISM in Europe these days comes draped in a blue flag with yellow stars. “If in Europe you’re not a member state, you’re nobody,” said Josep Huguet i Biosca, a Catalan politician who favours independence, back in 2004. His quote appeare…
    - 6 days ago 12 Oct 17, 4:51pm -
  • France’s centre-right offers no serious opposition to Emmanuel Macron
    A YEAR ago Les Républicains (LR), the centre-right party in France, looked set to win presidential and parliamentary elections. Today, after many humiliations, they are licking their partly self-inflicted wounds. After François Fillon, an unpopular…
    - 6 days ago 12 Oct 17, 4:51pm -
  • Many eastern Europeans feel nostalgia for the communist era
    Those were the days, my friend“OH MY God! We had all of these!” trills Alina Radu, a 43-year-old businesswoman visiting the Romanian Kitsch Museum. She is admiring crochet doilies, a 1980s TV set, decorative glass fish and the scarves and badges…
    - 6 days ago 12 Oct 17, 4:51pm -
  • The Spanish government calls the Catalans’ bluff
    IT WAS a case of trying to have your cake and eat it—and the cake’s owner may end up with nothing. On October 10th Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia’s devolved government, told his parliament that he was “assuming the mandate” o…
    - 6 days ago 12 Oct 17, 4:51pm -
  • The Catalan leader puts independence on hold for talks
    THE formula seemed contradictory. On October 10th Carles Puigdemont, the president of Catalonia’s devolved government, told his parliament that he was “assuming the mandate” for Catalonia to become an independent republic and thus leave Spain.…
    - 7 days ago 10 Oct 17, 9:13pm -
  • Ties between Turkey and America are near breaking point
    AMERICA’S relations with Turkey have sunk to their lowest point in over four decades. On October 8th the American embassy in Ankara announced it was suspending visa services across Turkey to “reassess” its host government’s commitment to the…
    - 9 days ago 9 Oct 17, 7:08pm -
  • Why Russia wants to talk about Ukraine
    THE proposal came out of nowhere. After years of swatting down Ukrainian calls for international peacekeeping forces, Vladimir Putin changed course ahead of the UN General Assembly last month, putting forward his own plan for so-called blue helmets i…
    - 13 days ago 5 Oct 17, 4:54pm -
  • The EU’s Eastern Partnership
    THE question of where Europe’s eastern border lies has bedevilled statesmen for centuries. It has proved equally difficult for the European Union, which must decide how to deal with countries to its east that would like to join the club. In 2009 th…
    - 13 days ago 5 Oct 17, 4:54pm -
  • Preserving Bialowieza
    Where the bison still roamDAWN in Bialowieza forest, and the bellowing of deer in rut competes with the buzz of chainsaws. The rival rackets sum up an increasingly ill-tempered argument over the Polish half of the ancient woods that straddle the fron…
    - 13 days ago 5 Oct 17, 4:54pm -
  • An imminent threat to the unity of Spain
    WHEN Mariano Rajoy pledged that the referendum on independence organised by the Catalan government for October 1st would not take place, it always looked like a hostage to fortune. And so it has proved. As riot police used force to evict activists fr…
    - 13 days ago 5 Oct 17, 11:03am -

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