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New European edition for The Guardian

The Guardian is set to launch a new digital European edition later this year hoping to capitalise on “a need for trusted, independent English-language news that connects with European readers”.

“The Guardian’s European audience is it’s third largest after the UK and the US,” the publication said, “with recurring digital support from the continent seeing steady growth; three and half times larger than it was in 2016”.

The Guardian said European readers “are now the Guardian’s most engaged audience group outside of the UK, representing a strong share of its global readership and supporter growth”.

The paper currently runs UK, US, Australian and International editions. This will be the first new edition in eight years.

The Guardian said it received more than 250 million page views from Europe last year, representing a 129% increase against 2016, and that it reaches 25 million unique browsers on the continent monthly, a 41% increase on 2016

Editor-in-chief Katharine Viner said: “The Guardian has always been deeply committed to reporting on Europe, with readers on the continent telling us how they come to the Guardian for a perspective they can’t find anywhere else, or to follow coverage of key issues that are important to them such as the climate crisis, technology, migration and events in Ukraine.”