Latvia is first country to reimpose lockdown in Europe’s new Covid wave

Baltic state once seen as coronavirus success story announces month of restrictions including curfew Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Latvia has announced a month-long Covid-19 lockdown after an unprecedented surge in infections, becoming the first country in Europe to reimpose far-reaching restrictions amid a new wave of cases in countries across […]

The future of Europe is at stake in the fight for Germany’s finance ministry | Adam Tooze

A fiscal conservative in the job and a new era of debt limitation could spell disaster for EU countries Adam Tooze is the author of Shutdown: How Covid Shook the World’s Economy The result of the German election was known within minutes of the polls closing on 26 September. But the kind of government that […]

Little Amal’s journey: the puppet that crossed Europe – in pictures

Since leaving Turkey in July, Little Amal, a 3.5 metre (11ft 5in) tall puppet of a nine-year-old Syrian girl, and her entourage of about 25 people have navigated Covid border restrictions to walk across Europe to the UK. Amal, whose name means hope in Arabic, was created by Handspring, the company that made the equine […]

From ‘green’ trains to eco-hotels: why Germany is one of Europe’s top sustainable travel destinations

Michelin-starred vegetarian dining, model cities and a solar powered river safari – here’s how Germany became a world leader in sustainable tourism Germany might have a reputation for meaty meals, fast cars and heavy industry but it has also become one of the greenest places to travel on the planet. Home to a nature-loving population, […]

Sebastian Kurz departure is further blow to Europe’s centre-right

Resignation of Austrian chancellor follows Germany’s CDU crashing to its worst federal election result Europe’s ailing centre-right is mourning the departure of a second high-profile conservative leader in the space of a month, as Austria’s chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, announced he would resign over allegations he encouraged the use of public funds to buy himself positive […]

Spies, lies and doublethink: Lea Ypi on growing up in Europe’s last communist state

She believed her parents loved Enver Hoxha’s Stalinist regime. But once Albania’s communist system collapsed, Lea Ypi began to realise nothing was as it seemed … • Read an extract from Lea Ypi’s memoir, Free One day, when Lea Ypi was a child, an empty Coca-Cola can appeared in her house. This was communist Albania, […]

Europe’s soaring gas prices: does Russia hold solution to crisis?

Some believe Kremlin sees gas prices as chance for Gazprom to pressure west to speed up Nord Stream 2 approval The natural gas market has entered uncharted territory. The movements in the price of gas on Wednesday had been, in the words of one analyst, “unprecedented since the year dot of gas liberalisation in Europe”. […]

Europe’s best walking cities: Six wonders of the wandering world

From atmospheric Berlin to Joyce’s Trieste, via Marseille’s markets and a wellbeing walk in Copenhagen, city strolls reward the curious rambler The art of flâneur-ing might be French and its most famous practitioners Parisians, but other European cultures have walking traditions, from the Italian passeggiata and Spanish paseo – social promenades to take the air […]

Draghi, Scholz or Macron? Merkel’s crown as Europe’s leader up for grabs

The three contenders to take the helm for the continent as era of outgoing German chancellor draws to a close She dominated Europe – a de facto leader in a time of crisis. For 16 years, Angela Merkel has used her signature cautious, calm pragmatism to steer the continent through the rise of the far-right, […]

Robots: stealing our jobs or solving labour shortages?

From fast food to farming, Covid-19 has accelerated the rise of the worker robots. This in turn will put more jobs at risk and makes the need to reframe society ever more urgent As the coronavirus pandemic enveloped the world last year, businesses increasingly turned to automation in order to address rapidly changing conditions. Floor-cleaning […]

10 of the best October half-term family breaks in Europe

With overseas travel opening up again, we have family ideas for cities, coast and countryside Slovenia is cooling down in October, but it is a spectacular time to see Lake Bled’s woody fringes burst into flames of colour. Hilltop Bled Castle towers over its northern shore, and children will love the cruise to the fairytale […]

‘He’s so majestic’: Wally the walrus hits Iceland on tour of Europe

Experts hope he is resting and building up blubber reserves before returning to Arctic to look for mate When Wally the walrus disappeared after more than five months of appearances around the UK and Ireland, interspersed with visits to France and Spain, observers feared the worst. But after about three weeks at sea he re-emerged […]

The Guardian view on silence about Brexit: time to talk turkey | Editorial

Labour and the Conservatives have both been happy to stay quiet about Brexit during the pandemic. That has to stop Since the 2019 general election, there has been a mutually convenient conspiracy of silence between Britain’s two main parties about Brexit. Boris Johnson won the election on the soundbite promise to “get Brexit done”, and […]

Heeding working-class voices on Brexit and labour shortages | Letters

Jonny Marsh and Mike Whittaker on how the exodus of EU workers has contributed to the problems being faced in a range of sectors in the UK Reading Christopher John’s account of the working conditions of HGV drivers in the UK (‘Getting into Europe is a relief every time’: an HGV driver reflects on UK […]

‘We have to fight for these conditions’: why Danish meat plant workers are Europe’s best paid

Denmark has secured decent pay and conditions within the sector. Will other EU countries finally follow suit? Read more: ‘The whole system is rotten’: life inside Europe’s meat industry In meat plants, there’s a golden rule: the production line never stops. For 28 years, Frank Vestergaard has worked in Denmark’s meat processing industry. When he […]

Ryder Cup: How a spirited, superior USA trounced Europe | Ewan Murray

Home side had the better players but Pádraig Harrington didn’t help himself with his wildcards or partnerships The most fundamental and important, if boring, point. On paper, USA had the stronger Ryder Cup team by a considerable margin. If they played to their full potential, Europe would not have enough strength in depth to compete […]

Ryder Cup: USA lead Europe 9-3 going into day two fourballs – live!

Hosts lead 6-2 after opening day’s play at Whistling Straits Struggling McIlroy dropped as USA open historic one-day lead And feel free to get in touch. Email your thoughts to Scott 10.46pm BST Neither Scheffler nor DeChambeau can find the green at the par-three 12th. Both Fleetwood and Hovland find the dancefloor, but they’re not […]

The Guardian view on Europe’s centre-left: new grounds for optimism | Editorial

There are signs that previously struggling social democratic parties are drawing the right lessons from the pandemic In the wake of the financial crash in 2008, hopes were high on the left that a bona fide crisis of capitalism would significantly shift the political dial in its favour. Isolated victories and movements aside, it didn’t […]

Jason Mohammad ‘angry’ at lack of help 30 years after Cardiff riots

Residents of one of Wales’s most deprived areas tell BBC host stigma remains from 1991 disturbances The BBC sports presenter Jason Mohammad has voiced anger at a lack of government help for the Ely estate in Cardiff where he grew up, 30 years after the so-called bread riots erupted in the area. Mohammad, who fronts […]

No hiding place: US and Europe lock horns for epic Ryder Cup battle

Europe captain Pádraig Harrington admits the US are favourites on paper but insists his 12 players can triumph in hostile terrain We have not yet reached the point where the American public has grown tired of the Ryder Cup and its unsatisfactory outcomes. Europe have prevailed in four out of the last five stagings of […]

The energy crisis no one saw coming – podcast

A cold winter, a windless summer, and boom in business have combined to create an energy crisis that is hitting particularly hard in the UK. The Guardian’s energy correspondent Jillian Ambrose explains how it happened – and what it will mean for people The gas crisis that has plunged the UK’s energy system into chaos […]

The Guardian view on Europe after Merkel: problems managed, not solved | Editorial

The German chancellor has been an anchor of stability in turbulent times. Her departure raises big questions about the future When Angela Merkel’s successor is identified in elections this Sunday, that person will be the first new holder of Europe’s most powerful elected office for 16 years. The mere change of leadership will be a […]

Pádraig Harrington says American fans will put pressure on US Ryder Cup team

‘Home captain has to deal with stress,’ says European skipper Six Ryder Cup rookies in favoured US team at Whistling Straits Pádraig Harrington, Europe’s captain, has claimed the US team will need to deal with the “pressure and stress” of being heavy favourites to reclaim the Ryder Cup in front of a partisan crowd. Travel […]

Damning report published into death of baby born to teenager in prison cell

Inquiry into how 18-year-old gave birth on her own in HMP Bronzefield in Ashford finds many failings A catalogue of failures among prison and health professionals has been highlighted in an investigation report into the death of a teenager’s baby after she gave birth alone in her cell at the largest women’s prison in Europe. […]

Why does a carbon dioxide shortage matter so much to the UK economy?

CO2 is not just a greenhouse gas it is also essential in the food and drink industry, for nuclear power and even during surgery Carbon dioxide is a byproduct of industrial production, but it has a wide range of uses across numerous industries: from cooling nuclear power plants and extending the life of packaged fruit […]

Brexit made an unlikely hero of Angela Merkel for Britain’s remainers | Rafael Behr

The German chancellor’s record is mixed, but her exit brings home how adrift Europhiles in the UK now are Angela Merkel is used to being unimpressed by British prime ministers. She was appalled by David Cameron’s casual surrender of influence in Europe, all to placate fringe elements in his party. She was stunned, on first […]

IEA calls on Russia to send more gas to Europe before winter

World’s energy watchdog intervenes after Russia decides not to increase exports despite record prices The world’s energy watchdog has called on Russia to send more gas to Europe as the energy supply crunch bleeds across the continent, in a rare public rebuke of the Kremlin. The International Energy Agency (IEA), which advises global governments on […]

Rory McIlroy: ‘It’s becoming tougher to win the Ryder Cup on the road’

The Northern Irishman expects a partisan home crowd with Europe’s lack of fans in Wisconsin increasing the scale of their task When Rory McIlroy used a devilish pre-Masters question about voting rights to call the United States “the best country in the world” it was easy to sense another blow to the once-ferocious rivalry that […]

Japan urges Europe to speak out against China’s military expansion

Exclusive: in the first piece in a new Guardian series on China and tensions in the Indo-Pacific, Japan’s defence minister says the international community must bolster deterrence efforts against Beijing’s military Japan has urged European countries to speak out against China’s aggression, warning that the international community must bolster deterrence efforts against Beijing’s military and […]

Slow but steady has seen the EU win out in the vaccine race

Ursula von der Leyen says the union’s vaccination programme is now a success after its stumbling start We did it,” said Ursula von der Leyen in her annual state of the union address last week. With more than 70% of its adult population now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, Europe is, “against all critics, among […]