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Europe now finds itself short of national leaders with the charisma and political space to champion its values on the global stage. Photo: Ludovic Marin / Pool / AFP
Europe now finds itself short of nationa... […]

Macron’s domestic travails to sap European leadership

Emmanuel Macron's loss of his overall majority risks further weakening European leadership, with France's leader set to be distracted by domestic troubles even while retaining control over foreign policy
Pupils from the "College Victor Hugo" secondary school in Colmar, northeast France, visit Edinburgh in Scotland on May 23, 2022 as part of a school exchange. Photo: Andy Buchanan / AFP
Pupils from the "College Victor Hugo" se... […]

Some English language students swerve UK post Brexit

Britain's departure from the EU is not helping the post-Covid recovery for visiting English language students, as post-Brexit administrative requirements have raised travel costs
While fully electric cars have proved themselves in urban areas, many owners still suffer from "range anxiety" when it comes to long trips. Photo: Jens Schuter / AFP
While fully electric cars have proved th... […]

EU electric car adventurers should plan carefully

With Europe's electric car owners wondering whether to risk taking their vehicles for long journeys, AFP investigates the pitfalls and joys of long-distance emissions-free motoring
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday said his country had averted "the most hair-raising idea" of a full oil embargo on Russia. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on... […]

Hungary celebrates EU Russia oil ban ‘victory’ — for now

Nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban has hailed Hungary's exemption from an EU Russian oil ban, but analysts warn he has only won more time and will need to adjust to the new reality
Despite Hungarian government claims of providing for hundreds of thousands of refugees, only an estimated 10 to 20% of Ukrainians stay more than a few days, relief organisations say. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek / AFP
Despite Hungarian government claims of p... […]

Hungary’s neutral war stance puts off Ukraine refugees

Like Kristina Novytska, most Ukrainian refugees in Hungary are keen to leave the country, whose nationalist leader's neutral stance on the war is an exception in the EU
Russia's President Vladimir Putin pictued during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, on February 4, 2022. Photo: Wang Zhao / AFP
Russia's President Vladimir Putin pictue... […]

Putin warns EU nations need ruble accounts to get gas

President Vladimir Putin has warned "unfriendly" countries, including all EU members, they will be cut off from Russian gas unless they open an account in rubles to pay for deliveries