He's been charged with fraud and is under investigation by the EU, so how did this former finance minister become the most likely candidate for prime minister?
The 31-year-old looks set to form a coaltion between his conservative party and the far right.
Despite the peace and prosperity brought about by the EU, it continues to be seen as remote and antidemocratic. How can this be fixed ? One possibility is the creation of a Commissioner for Happiness.
After threatening to declare independence, Carles Puigdemont has stepped back from the brink. But that has caused confusion.
Publishing plans for a no-deal Brexit will not help the UK's negotiating position.
With corruption scandals dogging practically every party, it's difficult to see how the electorate can have faith in their representatives. And yet, they keep voting for them.
The potential for more violence is clear unless the two sides can be brought to the negotiating table as soon as possible.
Bringing back aurochs is a competitive and ambitious venture aiming at recreating wilderness in Europe. But ethical and scientific questions linger.
Crunching the numbers on 14 years of trading shows one of the assumptions about global markets is looking fragile.
China's bid for an infrastructure blitz to drive overland trade through to Europe will end up being overshadowed.
Generations of Germans have worked to create a positive national identity based on difficult self-reckoning with the Nazi era. The recent election attacks that progress.
Angela Merkel must continue to resist the temptation to cede political ground to the populists.
The chancellor wins again, but the rise of the populists will probably force the next administration to the right.
The British PM finally acknowledged the need for a transition deal, which will play well in Brussels. But her vision for the future continues to amount to vague platitudes.
The chancellor remains strong but right-wing populists are likely to enter parliament on Sunday.
The French health care system is rated as one of the best in the world, but it’s a shield that’s under increasing stress.
The Madrid government is doing everything it can to stop the planned October 1 referendum from happening.
Few thought she'd go the distance when she first came to power. That was more than a decade ago.
After three rounds of talks, what has been agreed and what are the big sticking points?
Angela Merkel is on course for victory but she will need to form a coalition, and there's more than one way to make that happen.