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.
Robert Fico's outburst comes amid mounting pressure from opposition parties and the media to take action over high-level corruption allegations.
The apparent pro-Russia leanings of Bulgaria's next leader, Rumen Radev, have dominated headlines. But his first major challenges will be to install a government and attempt to promote anti-corruption reforms.
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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.
The new prime minister Saulius Skvernelis and his leader from the Peasants and Greens party Ramunas Karbauskis were the suprise winners of last month's elections. But what they want to do is still unclear.
Donald Trump's victory is enlivening Austria's presidential campaign - one side seizing on it as a sign that the masses are rising up, the other depicting it as a stark warning of the dangers of demagoguery.
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.
Witnesses in German parliamentary hearing say they lacked the evidence to prove emissions cheating, and that other ministries were susceptible to car industry lobbying.
Polish women are marching again this Sunday and Monday. They could succeed where the opposition, the European Commission and other protests failed, and redraw Poland's political map.
The Danish People’s Party may incorrectly have spent EU money on meetings that were not clearly divided from national party gatherings.
An EUobserver investigation and EU parliament testimony paint a gloomy picture of how EU national authorities neglected to implement clean air car laws.
A garbage crisis in Naples, Italy, gave birth to the "zero waste" movement, but is the rest of Europe brave enough to change the way it thinks about trash?
Lone children living in the Jungle migrant camp in Calais risk vanishing into smugglers' hands if French authorities smash it up with nowhere else for them to go.
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Vienna excels in quality of life surveys due to its local government, but Austria's capital may need to show more openness to foreign influences if its success is to endure.
Thousands of Polish women are set to strike against a proposal to tighten abortion laws in a country with an already strict regime.
Faced with a difficult referendum campaign, the Italian prime minister is playing the antiestablishment card, including verbal attacks on the EU and Germany.
Hungarians are expected to reject mandatory quotas of asylum seekers in PM Orban's migration referendum, as hearts harden in a cynical campaign.
Irish people have called a worldwide demonstration on Saturday to demand an end to Ireland's strict abortion laws.
Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer has a narrow lead in polls, but the latest delay could see the numbers lurch either way.
Hundreds of thousands marched on Sunday for Catalonia's national day. The local government, while struggling to pass its budget, is trying to raise its profile abroad.
Anti-poverty activists in Ireland say the government's decision to appeal an EU commission order for Apple to pay back €13 billion undermines its moral authority.
A referendum in the country's Serb entity has revived ethnic divisions and taken over a local election campaign that fails to address people's real concerns.
The manufactured cold war between Croatia and Serbia has been a convenient distraction from some of Serbia's domestic problems.
Despite some conciliatory voices, Croatia's latest election has been overshadowed by nationalistic rhetoric, irking its neighbour, Serbia.
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Ten weeks after British voters decided to leave the EU, the government has still no idea what to do, but at least Labour has finally found a position.
Acting PM Rajoy's failure to form a government last week makes another general election ever more likely. But a Basque regional party might offer support that would push him closer to a national majority.
Ireland has decided to appeal the EU's €13-billion Apple ruling, while narrowly avoiding a government split, as it seeks to save face and protect its tax perks.
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