Iceland has genetically sequenced all its positive Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, an increasingly vital practice as worrying new strains emerge from Britain and South Africa
In the midst of a third wave of coronavirus infections, Ireland now holds the unhappy title of the nation with the highest transmission rate in the world.
Armin Laschet may have won a key vote to become the new leader of Germany's conservative CDU party, but his victory has thrown open the question of who will succeed Angela Merkel in the top job
The worldwide death toll from coronavirus is approaching two million, with Europe topping 30 million infections and WHO experts working on advice to fight new, more contagious strains of the disease
Despite high hopes and ambitious goals, most vaccination campaigns in Europe are off to a slow start, hampered by limited stocks of doses and logistical constraints
Italy is facing a fresh political crisis after weeks of turmoil in the coalition government came to head in a row over how to spend billions of euros in EU coronavirus recovery funds