The SPD is in government with Angela Merkel again after signing a coalition deal. But life has been harder for the social democrats.
He's barred from public office but this former prime minister isn't going to be held back by the small matter of a conviction for tax evasion.
Miloš Zeman, who has been re-elected for a second five year term at the Czech president, is not a run of the mill national populist.
Poland and Hungary have recently clashed with Brussels over democratic freedoms, but economic drivers are at play, too.
Several post-communist member states are moving further and further away from European Union norms.
The Chinese zodiac predicts justice, openness, tolerance and innovation for the year ahead. After a difficult political year, it could be just the tonic.
The Spanish government is dealing with the Catalonian secession movement in entirely the wrong way. But what would getting it right look like?
A lurch to the right in central Europe runs into a familiar obstacle: the tricky maths of coalition.
Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia has been killed in Malta – but we must accept that corruption is a problem for all of Europe.
An expert explains why the EU is ill-equipped to handle a problem like Catalonia.
Here are the EU's options.
The referendum that wasn't a referendum can't have a winner.
Angela Merkel must continue to resist the temptation to cede political ground to the populists.
Follow the money to see if Angela Merkel is on course for a fourth term as chancellor after the September vote.
After years of propping up corrupt parties in the name of 'order', Kosovo's international backers have a very different partner to deal with.
Emmanuel Macron may have won the presidential election, but his agenda could fail if his party doesn't get a majority in Parliament.
If the western Balkan countries can't join the EU, their complicated ethnic politics might boil over once again.
What does it mean to be French? The two standing presidential candidates hope voters will agree with their version of the answer.
Both Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron have gained from the very deep disaffection of the French electorate with its traditional political representatives.
British business will be hoping that, by shrouding herself in the Union Jack, Theresa May has not overplayed her hand.