Putin treated France's anti-EU firebrand, Le Pen, as if she had already won the elections. "I have my own viewpoint ... identical to Russia's", she said.
Sunday's general elections will be a test for the country's relations with the EU, Russia, and Turkey, as well as for the political future of former leader Borisov.
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At a conference in Brussels, the US senator said he "trusted the EU" and that the transatlantic alliance was necessary for the "titanic struggle" against radicalism.
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The effect of Brexit will be much more profound on Northern Ireland than on Scotland. Some kind of border controls with Ireland seem inevitable.
The European Commission's plan for a capital markets union is said to be aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, but many could end up being left out in the cold.
Lawmakers say the EU agency on food safety used a study written by an expert with industry links to assess the weedkiller's safety.
The two countries flex their muscles ahead of the Rome summit of 27 EU leaders, designed to show unity in the face of many challenges.
With the EU soon to celebrate its 60th birthday, there are still lingering questions about the bloc's future and whether there can be a change in fortune.
A revision of the posted workers directive aims to make the single market fairer, but critics see efforts to root out "social dumping" as disguised protectionism.
Julian King said it was not an accident that the London attacks happened on the anniversary of the Brussels bombings.
The British prime minister said "we are not afraid" after the terrorist attack on Wednesday that left four people dead. Eight arrests have been made, while the Islamist attacker seems to have carried out the attack alone.
With the right approach, the end of the migrant deal might just benefit EU leaders in their fight against right-wing populism across the continent.
EU commission's Timmermans told MEPs he was tempted to be "the biggest hero for a day" by calling for sanctions on Poland, but that this wouldn't solve anything.
Without incorporating some of the more legitimate and palatable concerns of voters concerned with immigration, centrist parties will be unable to maintain power.
The EU's top Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier says the UK will have to pay its financial obligations before leaving the union and that a "no-deal" scenario would have "serious consequences" for Britain.
The EU's draft Rome Declaration, seen by EUobserver, pledges a "common future" for the 27 countries left behind by Brexit and vexed by Trump.
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Europe is going through an unstable time, which may benefit Catalan's independence claims. However, breaking away now might leave the region and its government without a viable alternative.
The majority of countries in the top-20 of the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index are members of the European Union, with Switzerland leading the list.
The Council of Europe's special representative on migration and refugees released a report that says minors in Europe are enduring "abysmal conditions".
Benoit Hamon told a Brussels rally that Europe was breaking up because free trade and austerity had paved the way for far-right nationalists.
The EU has once again urged Macedonia to let Albanian parties join a new government and to stop “playing with fire” on ethnic hate speech.
[Updated] The Netherlands' Jeroen Dijsselbloem faces calls for resignation after saying that crisis-hit countries in southern Europe spent "money on drinks and women" before being helped by others.
Ukraine’s IT sector could play a critical role in fighting corruption, building confidence in the country and easing the concerns of critics in the EU.
Tusk, Juncker, and Japan's Abe said they want a trade deal as soon as possible to negate protectionist push of Trump administration.
The 22 March anniversary of the Brussels bombing will trigger a lot of soul searching. But EU counter-terrorism strategies over the past 10 years have been crisis-driven with little follow through or oversight.
Despite the sighs of relief that Geert Wilders did not win the Dutch election, there has been a worrying fragmentation and defeat of the left in the Netherlands.
Illicit money flowing out of Russia ended up in almost every single EU state, an investigation has found, posing questions on the integrity of Europe’s banking systems.
In their first TV debate, the main candidates for the April election only briefly discussed the country's EU policies, with far-right Le Pen and centrist Macron taking aim at each other.
Greece and its creditors will meet in Brussels later this week to unblock negotiations needed for a new tranche of financial aid, amid concerns over the country's economic situation.
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