Polls suggest that four or five parties will be needed to form a majority after the 15 March vote. The shrunk size of the establishment parties means that smaller parties may play a role of kingmaker.
A Chatham House poll shows strong support in 10 EU member states for halting migration from Muslim countries, a move similar to US president Donald Trump's travel ban.
On 15 March, the Netherlands will have parliamentary elections. In the southern province Limburg, some expressed very different views on EU membership.
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The Dutch electoral and party system makes it difficult to have a clear winner. First in a two-part series of articles to understand the 15 March vote.
Romanian lawmakers back a plan for a vote on how to fight corruption, after two weeks of protests.
The Netherlands has banned voting computers since 2009, but a report this week about the vulnerability of software used to count the votes led to a quick decision to ban that too.
"I won't have to tell him his father was a coward," business minister Florin Jianu said of his young son, as tens of thousands marched against a law that would protect corrupt officials.
Some 2,000 people protested in The Hague against the US travel ban for people from seven Muslim-majority countries, but also threw in some anti-Wilders slogans.
Six weeks before national elections, Dutch parliament discussed whether the introduction of the euro should be investigated.
Benoit Hamon easily won the primary over former prime minister Manuel Valls, but faces a huge challenge to unite the party.
The Constitutional Court tinkers with a 2015 election law, which should smooth the path to a national vote this year.
In an unexpected move, SPD leader Gabriel stepped aside for the more popular Schulz, but polls still put Merkel way out in front.
Henin-Beaumont, a small town in the French rust-belt, has become a symbol of the far-right's encroachment into the left-wing's former heartland.
Relatively unknown left-winger Benoit Hamon came out ahead after the first round of voting in the presidential primary. He will face former prime minister Manuel Valls in the second round.
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The Five Star Movement is still leading in polls after it failed to switch from a eurosceptic to a pro-EU group in the European Parliament.
Prime minister Robert Fico gained EU and domestic praise for his six month at EU helm, but the far right is still on the rise in a country where Europe is still not a top issue.
Freedom Party leaders went to Moscow and signed an agreement with a politician on an EU sanctions list to cooperate with Vladimir Putin's party.
Thousands took to the streets over the weekend, furious at the government's attempts to restrict media freedom even further.
President Sergio Mattarella is aiming to name a successor to Matteo Renzi early next week, all while rumours are growing of a state plan to save ailing Monte de Paschi bank.
Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer's loss to Green-backed Alexander Van der Bellen sent relief across Europe, but his party is still in a good position to head a government in the future.
Austrian voters will on Sunday decide whether to stay in the EU centre, or lurch to the radical right, with Hofer slightly ahead in polls ahead of the presidential election.
Defeat for Italian prime minister Renzi will not necessarily sweep the anti-euro Five Star Movement to power, while a victory might be a short-lived success.
The Paris killings and the ensuing state of emergency have opened an era of fear and doubt that will have an influence on next year's elections.
Andrej Plenkovic has shifted Croatia's government towards the centre-ground, but must already deal with strained relations with Bosnia.
Prime minister Mariano Rajoy has kept his closest allies in his new government announced on Thursday. But he will need the support of other parties in parliament.
In the space of three years, Iceland's main parties have seen their vote decimated, and new parties may well take almost half the electorate in Saturday's election.
Renzi wrong-footed Germany on Russia sanctions at the EU summit, but leaders have to grin and bear him due to a risky referendum.
The Socialists agree to abstain in a confidence vote later this week, meaning conservative leader Mariano Rajoy should be able to form a minority government after 10 months of deadlock.
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