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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling conservatives were on course to form a grand coalition government.

Memorial cross exposes Poland's religious divide

A cross honouring the victims of the plane crash that killed the late Polish president Lech Kaczynski has provoked thousands of protesters to take to the streets to demand its removal.

Polish opposition boycotts inauguration

Bronislaw Komorowski took the oath of office as Poland's new President yesterday and vowed to build national unity.

Europe breathes sigh of relief at Polish poll result

Bronislaw Komorowski's election as President has offered Poland's pro-business ruling party an opportunity – but also a challenge – as it prepares to govern without the obstacle of a hostile head of state.

Bronislaw Komorowski declared Polish president

Poland's Bronislaw Komorowski was officially declared the country's new president today comfortably defeating rival Jaroslaw Kaczynski.

Komorowski and Kaczynski neck and neck in race for presidency

The race between the business-friendly Bronislaw Komorowski and the conservative Jaroslaw Kaczynski for Poland's presidency is too close to call ahead of the final round of voting tomorrow, opinion polls show.

Kaczynski's twin in presidential run-off

The conservative twin of the late Polish president was headed for a run-off yesterday with the moderate, pro-European leader who assumed the job after the plane crash that killed much of Poland's leadership.

Merkel's old rival to quit politics

A German state governor announced yesterday that he will step down and also leave his post as deputy leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's party – a move that takes a former rival of the German leader out of frontline politics.

President's twin to run for office

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of the late Polish President, has declared he will run as the candidate for the conservative Law and Justice party in Poland's June presidential election, saying he wanted to complete his brother's "mission".

Poland sets snap election for June

Poland will hold a presidential election on 20 June following the death of Lech Kaczynski with polls suggesting that acting president Bronislaw Komorowski will win comfortably.

UBS investors vent anger against old board

UBS shareholders took the unprecedented step of refusing to exonerate former top executives for the risky investment bets that brought the bank to the verge of collapse during the credit crisis.

Extreme right on the march in Europe's most tolerant nation

Geert Wilders triumphs in Netherlands local elections

Dutch government falls over Afghan troop mission

Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende's coalition government collapsed this morning when the two largest parties failed to agree on whether to withdraw troops from Afghanistan this year as planned.

Herman van Rompuy profile: Belgium's diffident haiku poet steps from the shadows

Belgian parliamentarians cheered and applauded their departing Prime Minister as he headed off to be anointed in his new role. Wearing a loose-fitting suit and a look of surprise tinged with |amusement, Herman van Rompuy cut a diminutive figure among his boisterous colleagues.

Angela Merkel on track for centre-right government

Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives appear to have won enough votes in a German election to form a centre-right government with their preferred partners, the Free Democrats (FDP), exit polls showed today.

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