Why a youth violence campaigner is focused on housing: ‘People need a stake in their community’

An activist inspired by the death of a friend wants new housing estates planned in a way that designs out crime When a teenage friend was stabbed to death 14 years ago, Darwin Bernardo was inspired to become a youth advocate against violence. He founded Nutmeg, an organisation aimed at deterring young people from knife […]

‘Carbon-neutrality is a fairy tale’: how the race for renewables is burning Europe’s forests

Wood pellets are sold as a clean alternative to coal. But is the subsidised bioenergy boom accelerating the climate crisis? Kalev Järvik stands on a bald patch of land in the heart of Estonia’s Haanja nature reserve and remembers when he could walk straight from one side of the reserve to the other under a […]

‘It’s incredible’: why do two convicted Greek neo-Nazis remain at large?

Christos Pappas, Golden Dawn’s de facto number two, is missing, while MEP Ioannis Lagos has refused to return home Kostis Papaioannou is by his own admission, a far right junkie. Documenting the twists and turns of Golden Dawn, the Greek neo-fascist party whose rise and fall took Europe by storm, gets him “fired up”. Yet […]

15 wellbeing retreats and detox breaks – for better days ahead

Retreats will help restore mind and body once Covid restrictions ease. Our UK and Europe picks hope to accept visitors again come spring Reopening in the spring, this ayurveda retreat in a converted 17th-century water mill in the rolling hills near Malvern offers two-, three- and five-night retreats throughout the year that combine ayurveda treatments, […]

As parts of UK enter third Covid lockdown, how does rest of Europe compare?

Rules vary from country to country but many European nations face severe restrictions Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage After a brief and partial relaxation of the rules over Christmas and New Year, many continental European countries have returned to the tough anti-Covid regimes that were imposed this autumn – with some […]

The need for clever alternatives to plastic: something has to stop milk leaking

Removing plastics from global supply chains won’t happen overnight, but for now there are encouraging signs that renewable alternatives can increasingly replace plastics in a large range of applications When it comes to eliminating plastics from the global supply chain, tomorrow is always just over the horizon. But thinking about the problem this way commits […]

21 places to go in 2021: ‘The holidays we’re dreaming of this year’

Instead of the travel hotlist we usually launch in January, writers across Europe pick the local spots they long to go back to when things open up A stroll and a gourmet treat by the river at Amarante My go-to place for escape is the mountains. In normal times, I’d make a beeline for the […]

Brexit: how the new rules will change your visits to Europe

From holidays and health to mobile phones, we explain what has changed for consumers Before Brexit, UK citizens could travel, live, go on holiday and work anywhere in the EU without any special permits or visas. As of 1 January 2021 that is no longer the case. The Guardian’s Money team has spent the week […]

Idi Amin challenged my father to a wrestling match – then chickened out

Uganda has never acknowledged the sporting legacy of athlete ‘Sunlight’ Okiror. Almost 30 years after his death, his son hopes this might change My father, Samson “Sunlight” Okiror, lived an extraordinary life. He was a soldier, a rebel and one of Uganda’s most famous sportsmen. A wrestler and heavyweight lifter, he could lift a car […]

‘I’ve been watering the plants with bottled water!’ What the panic-buyers did next

What happened to the coronavirus preppers who rushed out and stripped the supermarket shelves of loo rolls, pasta and other essentials? The loo roll went first, multipacks of it, stuffed into the boots of family cars or carted home in carrier bags. Next was the pasta, tinned soup, dried legumes and – bizarrely, given that […]

Tell us: are you trying to move country between the UK and the EU before the Brexit deadline?

We’d like to hear from EU citizens planning to relocate to the United Kingdom and from UK citizens planning to move to the EU before freedom of movement ends on 31 December 2020 The Brexit transition period will end on 31 December, and with it the free movement of workers between the UK and other […]

‘If we don’t do it, who will?’: a year on the frontline of Covid-19

Key workers and survivors from four countries reveal the fear and uncertainty that has upended daily life – and how the past 12 months have changed their world Show your support for rigorous, independent Guardian journalism Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Marcio Maranhão, 50 Thoracic surgeon, Parque dos Atletas field hospitalI’ve […]

Back to basics: how social workers returned to their roots during Covid

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of working with neighbourhoods as social work rediscovered traditional methods Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage When lockdown was imposed in northern Italy this spring, travel became impossible and older people in remote villages were starved of money, food, medicine and support. Social workers in the […]

From VR skiing to digital Lapland: eight ways to take a Christmas break without leaving the house

With an array of fun and affordable virtual activities available, you won’t be missing out by staying in during the holidays Stuck at home this Christmas? Who isn’t? Don’t worry, because this year all the best travel experiences can be beamed straight into your home. Whether you’re pining for the slopes, want to give the […]

Aftermath of Moria refugee camp fire – photo essay

The September blaze that ravaged the Moria refugee camp in Greece left thousands of people homeless overnight. Photographers Vincent Haiges and Julian Busch picked through the wreckage During the night of 8 September, the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos burst into flames. According to a Red Cross report the camp, the […]

An early-modern ode to citrus fruit – in pictures

Johann Christoph Volkamer was a 17th -century Nuremberg silk merchant with passion for gardening that defined his life. He was obsessed with citrus fruit at a time when the genus was largely unknown in northern Europe. In 1708, he commissioned 256 plates of 170 varieties of the fruit – images collected in a new book […]

Cruise ship 2.0: setting sail into the new normal – photo essay

In the midst of the pandemic, cruise ships are back with swab tests, socially distanced mini-golf – and the same old environmental damage. Can the bubble stay intact? Italians are warm people but we have put aside, for a while, the handshakes and hugs that are our dearest habits. We are on the MSC Grandiosa, […]

‘People need to see someone who looks like them’: why it’s important to support black-owned businesses

From awareness to action, here’s how to get behind diverse companies Ladi Kazeem never really stops working. The 30-year-old entrepreneur wakes up at 6am and doesn’t stop trading vintage T-shirts until he goes back to bed. “If you post a picture on Instagram, the British will see it when you’re awake, the Americans will see […]

The New East photo prize 2020 shortlist – in pictures

Calvert 22 Foundation and The Calvert Journal have announced the finalists of the New East photo prize 2020. This year marks the third edition of the competition, which celebrates contemporary photography from eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, and central Asia. The shortlist includes 11 photographers from Albania, Georgia, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and Uzbekistan. The winners […]

Global survey shows widespread disapproval of Covid response

People in most of 25 countries think governments failed to act well or quickly Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage People in most of 25 countries around the world think governments and leaders failed to respond either well or fast enough to the coronavirus crisis, a new global survey shows. YouGov’s globalism […]

I want to move back to the UK. How can I convince my husband to give it a try? | Annalisa Barbieri

You both need to say how you really feel – and be heard, says Annalisa Barbieri. Only then can you work out what happens next I met my husband at university, while he was studying in the UK. He returned to his home in mainland Europe and we had a long-distance relationship for some years […]

The price of choice – the fight over abortion in Poland | photo essay

After a court ruling in Poland imposed a near-total ban on abortions, police used pepper spray against those protesting against the changes. Polish photojournalist Kasia Strek, based between Paris and Warsaw, has covered the past few years of debate, protest and activism over Poland’s restrictive abortion laws as part of a wider project on abortion […]

2020 Luminar bug photographer of the year – winners

The winners have been announced in the Luminar bug photography awards 2020 in association with Europe’s leading invertebrate charity, Buglife. In their inaugural year, the Luminar bug photography awards have attracted an astonishing variety and quality of work from around the world. More than 800 photographers made submissions Continue reading…

The captain rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean during the Covid-19 pandemic – video

Savvas Kourepinis is the captain of the Astral, a humanitarian boat patrolling the Mediterranean Sea to rescue people attempting to cross the main maritime route from north Africa to Europe. For most of this year, the Covid-19 pandemic forced these vital search-and-rescue missions to cease in what is often referred to as the deadliest migration route […]

Cinemas ‘shocked and dismayed’ by Disney decision to launch Soul on streaming

Studio bypasses big-screen release for its new Pixar animation with plans to debut the film on Disney+ on Christmas Day Cinemas across Europe have expressed their outrage at the decision by Hollywood studio Disney to bypass a big-screen release for the new Pixar animation Soul and debut the film on their streaming platform Disney+. The […]

Papillon the bear: how the ‘escape genius’ sparked a national debate in Italy

Once one of Europe’s ‘most wanted’ wild animals, the now incarcerated bear has become symbolic of the conflict over the reintroduction of large predators The prisoner is in a cage measuring two by six metres, surrounded by three 7,000-volt electric fences, a four-metre-high barrier, CCTV and a number of rangers. From afar, the structure resembles […]

‘Maybe now we’ll get some answers’: film-maker challenges official story of Estonia ferry disaster

Henrik Evertsson faces prosecution in Sweden, but says he is ‘just putting facts on the table’ over sinking that cost 852 lives For a quarter of a century, a lack of firm evidence has prevented any real challenge to the official story of how, on a stormy September night, more than 850 people came to […]

How to go skiing despite a winter of Covid restrictions

Planning a ski holiday may seem daunting but resorts are open – and if the continent seems too far, hit the slopes in Scotland When Covid-19 closed Europe’s ski season in early March – leaving thousands of skiers stranded when their resorts shut and others having to cancel trips – some assumed they would be […]