Countries experience hot temperatures across continental Europe as meteorologists blamed a blast of torrid air from the Sahara for the unusually early summer heatwave.
European demand for fighter jets, missile defences and other weapons is growing fast amid concerns about Russia and Iran.
Belarus' longtime president, Alexander Lukashenko, declared the games open before a "flame of peace" was lit and fireworks were launched from the roof of the Dinamo stadium.
Countries in the Balkans are still decades away from joining the EU despite promises made 16 years ago. As the EU faces international tensions, is expansion still viable?
The Identity and Democracy Party, formerly known as the Europe of Nations and Freedom Party, becomes the assembly's fifth-biggest bloc, immediately after the Greens.
A European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation high official said that Baltic banks are threatened by money laundering coming from Russia.
The economic bloc will take a decision on the new EU officials, following the elections that shook up traditional alliances.
The far-right and green parties both saw surges in popularity in these elections, which could force the European Parliament to adapt to a new political reality.
With the appointment of the next European Commission president in the balance, the centrist bloc will need to find a new coalition partner.
With Brexit still in limbo and the far-right surging across the continent, the new European Parliament could look very different than its predecessors.
Here is an overview of the most important economic policy decisions for which the election results this Sunday could be decisive.
Most countries will be voting on Sunday, with the results expected overnight into Monday.
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