The smooth succession from father to son was put in doubt after thousands of people took to the streets to call for a referendum on the future of the monarchy.
Anti-Semitism is now taboo in mainstream political discourse in a way in which Islamophobia isn’t.
Anti-gay petitions ahead of the contest suggested eastern countries would give winner Conchita Wurst nul points. But while their juries’ votes reflected this, public votes were encouragingly pro-Wurst.
David Patrikarakos reports on the worsening crisis in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian forces are defiant.
Most Belarusians have a somewhat weaker sense of identity than Ukrainians but they feel Belarusian rather than Russian.
A flash in the pan, or the start of something big?
Ukraine has no future without Europe, but Europe also has no future without Ukraine.
Standing in front of the barricades, two pensioners held up a banner with “For ever with Russia” emblazoned across it. The sentiment was uniform and unambiguous.
Trapped by the Cold War and scarred after a failed revolution, Hungary fought one of its greatest battles against polio.
France has introduced a new law to prevent employees being asked to read work emails outside office hours. Would it help solve the UK's productivity problem if we followed suit?
In France, 20,000 Roma live in extreme poverty with little or no access to basic services and face a constant risk of forced evictions.
Separatists in Donetsk and elsewhere are harking back to the 18th century territory of Novorossiya, as Moscow seems to be making moves to federalise Ukraine.
Europe should not underestimate the Russian threat, argues historian and professor of international relations Brendan Simms. We must show how seriously we take Putin’s assault on Ukraine by working towards unification and moral and military rearmament.
Eurosceptics harp on about the need for democracy. But the Swiss, like the Norwegians and the Icelanders, choose to eat food from a table at which they have no seat.
In the wake of the Ukraine crisis a rampant chauvinism has been unleashed, while sanctions on Russia have created the kind of atmosphere dictators love.
Good news for Ukip, bad news for Labour.
If you’re a Scene Lesbian, whenever you’re abroad, you feel obligated to have a quick look at what gays do for fun wherever you are.
The events in Ukraine are Putin’s payback for what he considers to be a quarter-century of humiliation since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The world waits to see how far the fire that has been lit by Russia’s invasion of Crimea will spread in Ukraine and elsewhere.
The parliamentary alliance between the the centre-right and the centre-left means the increase in the number of eurosceptic MEPs will have a largely symbolic effect.
Would a free vote have gone in Russia’s favour anyway?
We need to boost Europe’s competitiveness, avoid a race to the bottom on skills and wages and ensure EU migrants contribute to our economy and our society.
There’s suddenly not much left of the independent media in Russia, even of what little of it there was left after Putin’s first two terms at the wheel.
The BBC’s Middle East editor on John Kerry striking the wrong tone over Ukraine, and remembering the Aleppo souks.
Beyond the bluster and rhetoric, there is a surprising degree of consensus on the reforms needed.
Whatever the Kremlin apologists say – and regardless of the ancient historical and cultural affinities involved – there are few benefits for citizens of Crimea likely to result from their de facto annexation by Russia.
Why the former Czechoslovakian state, which gained its “Velvet Divorce” from the Czech Republic in 1993, is one of Europe’s quiet successes.
Ukrainian and Georgian NATO membership should be fast-tracked and energy security pursued with far greater vigour and speed.
If you can’t improve people’s living standards, you can try to give them a sense of belonging to a great power.
The Foreign Secretary says Ukraine "is an entirely different situation" after John Kerry criticises Russia for "invading another country on completely trumped up pretext".