European Council chief Donald Tusk said that "damage control" starts for the EU, as British PM Theresa May has invoked Article 50 nine months after the UK voted to leave the bloc.
The centre-right leader will need to find partners in order to become prime minister for the third time.
EU 27 leaders in Rome to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of Treaty of Rome, in bid to counter rising challenges after Brexit. But new ideas are scarce.
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- UK delivered its Article 50 letter to the EU
- Support for Germany's anti-EU party fading
- Turkish intelligence not welcome in Germany
- US senate approves Montenegro’s Nato bid
- Scottish MPs give go ahead to seek referendum
- Uber pulls out of Denmark over new taxi-regulation
- EU court validates sanctions on Russia's Rosneft
- Luxembourg to team up with Ireland in Apple tax appeal
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.
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.
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.
The struggling Socialist candidate in France's presidential election said Merkel did not rule out his idea on radical eurozone reform.
Anti-fake news projects have sprouted up in France and Germany, but who checks the fact-checkers and what can they really achieve?
The so-called Bratislava process of reflection for the EU came to an end on Saturday, but there were few tangible results that citizens could take away from the soul-searching. Despite that, unity among the EU-27 has been maintained.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
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Theresa May is the strongest and most vulnerable prime minister in living memory. That may seem like a contradiction in terms for a leader who, if not obviously likable, is seen as highly competent.
EU leaders breathe sigh of relief in phone calls and tweets after Dutch centre-right comes ahead of anti-EU party in "quarterfinal" elections.
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Geert Wilders' anti-EU The Party for Freedom failed to secure the big gains he had promised after winning only five extra seats.
Volunteers have gone online for the past two weeks, in an attempt to persuade potential voters for the anti-EU and anti-Islam leader to vote someone else.
Wilders said a Dutch exit from the EU would be “the best thing that could happen to us”. Rutte said it would create “chaos”.
Angela Merkel said her Dutch neighbours had her “full support and solidarity”.
Polish foreign minister plans to "work" with EU but to "block" some initiatives in retaliation for Tusk re-election, as Le Pen eyes new allies in eastern Europe.
Polish prime minister brought EU summit to the brink in an "emotional" fight against Council chief Tusk.
EU leaders meeting in Brussels insisted on staying united after Brexit but are still divided over fears of creating new 'elite clubs' within the bloc.
Polish public TV described the Tusk row as a triumph that laid bare German EU bullying, in a sign of the times in Poland.
[Updated] Poland tried and failed to block EU summit conclusions shortly after failing to block Tusk’s re-election as Council chief, prompting bitter accusations.
Pernille Vermund, the leader of Danish far-right party the New Conservatives, polled almost 5 percent in February - impressive for a newcomer.
EU leaders took just 30 minutes to vote Donald Tusk back into office, in a diplomatic fiasco for Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo.
Poland accused EU Council chief of trying to overthrow its government in last-ditch attempt to stop him staying in his post.
The British upper house adopted an amendement that requires parliament to vote on the future Brexit deal or no deal.
Some leaders have said they might press ahead with integration in core groups, but EU officials say talk of a "multi-speed" Europe is a bluff to create unity.
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