British prime minister Theresa May said on Monday she wanted to end the anxiety of EU nationals fearful of their future after Brexit. But she was jeered by critics in the House of Commons.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Key differences remain, however, which will form the basis of difficult Brexit discussions

Brexit talks: David Davis, the UK Brexit secretary, and Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief negotiator, in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

It’s simply business as usual for a strangely unobsessed European Commission

 German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron  at  the end of the European Council summit in Brussels. Photograph:  EPA

European Council president Donald Tusk says ‘Brexit took up very little time’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for a two-day EU council meeting in Brussels, June 22nd. Photograph: EPA

EU flag to fly over range of military projects from peacekeeping to weapons research

EU summit: Theresa May, the British PM, arrives for the talks. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

British PM comes close to European stance as Taoiseach flags ‘open door’ for UK return

German chancellor Angela Merkel and British prime minister Theresa May share a lighthearted moment at the European Union leaders’ summit in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

EU citizens in Britain would acquire special status after residing in the UK for five years

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams walks past a portrait of former first minister Ian Paisley in Stormont.  The Northern Executive is still to resume after talks fell apart in January.  Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

EU and Irish sources say discussions on politically sensitive elements of the brief inopportune

Donald Tusk: Leo Varadkar will meet the European Council president at Thursday morning’s meeting of European People’s Party leaders. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

The UK’s departure isn’t on the official agenda, but it will be an ever-present subtext

A man looks at a board showing pictures of the missing from the Grenfell Tower  fire  in north Kensington on Tuesday.  Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

London Letter: These are a fine, warm people, salt of the earth. They did not deserve this

Chips: European Commission steps up to the plate to dispel fears the Belgian frite might be banned, but it  suggests blanching before frying. Photograph:  Hyoung Chang/Denver Post via Getty

Fears Flanders delicacy is under attack are unfounded amid warning on healthy cooking

Leo Varadkar during a press conference with Britain’s prime minister Theresa May in London on Monday. Photograph: Philip Toscano/AFP/Getty Images

UK officials insisted Border issues ‘right at the top of priorities’ for Brexit talks

United Kingdom secretary of state for exiting the European Union David Davis is welcomed by Michel Barnier, the European chief negotiator of the Task Force for the Preparation and Conduct of the Negotiations with the United Kingdom. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

EU and UK agree on structure, timeline and priorities for March 29th, 2019, deadline

A worker arranges flags at the EU headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

David Davis may make concessions in accepting timeframe

David Davis (left) and Michel Barnier at the start of talks this morning. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

UK Brexit secretary begins talks with Michel Barnier in Brussels

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar:  he is due to meet British prime minister Theresa May in London on Monday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Taoiseach to stress ‘rights and freedoms’ of Irish citizens and importance of open Border

The formal Brexit talks will begin on Monday. Is Ireland’s  Border likely to come up? Only as a mention. Photograph: PA

Q&A: After a year of claim, counterclaim and posturing, what happens on day one?

Britain’s chancellor Philip Hammond said a worse deal than no Brexit deal was one ‘structured to suck the lifeblood out of our economy’. Photograph: PA

Ahead Brexit talks on Monday, chancellor says he will not agree deal that will ‘destroy’ UK

Monica Leech, pictured leaving court in 2007. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Group argued ‘disproportionate’ €1.2m libel settlement violated right to freedom of speech

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel during a ceremony in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters/File Photo

The mood in Brussels is upbeat as big challenges are recast as historic opportunities

British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels last year. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The result has also led to uncertainty about when Brexit talks will begin

Commission spokesman describes establishment of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office  as a ‘game changer in tackling financial crime’. Photograph: Getty Images

Office will pursue fraudsters dipping in to EU funds which is estimated to cost €500m a year

Hate speech: the justice commissioner, Vera Jourova, said the proportion of offending items taken down had doubled. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Europe Letter: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are hurrying to take down content

A visitor stands in front of the 16th Irish Division Memorial during the Battle of Messines Ridge commemorations at the military cemetery in Wijtschate, Belgium, on June 7th, 2017. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/AFP/Getty Images

Unlike what followed, Messines was a rare military success

Willie Redmond: His   death was widely mourned at home. Photograph:  Culture Club/Getty Images

‘He had had difficulty persuading the War Office to let him lead his men into battle, but was allowed to lead the third wave assau(...)

Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Taoiseach Enda Kenny lay wreaths during the Battle of Messines Ridge commemoration in Messines, Belgium, on June 7th, 2017. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

Standard-bearers struggle to hold up their colours on windswept hillside

European Commissioner for Budget Günther  Oettinger. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Brussels Letter: British ‘hostage-taking’ and autocratic governments compromise budget process

US President Donald Trump addresses US military personnel and families at Naval Air Station Sigonella after G7 summit of Heads of State and Government near Taormina in Sicily. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

The contrast between the US president’s embrace of the Saudis and Israelis and his attitude to Europe and Nato was striking

Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman. Photograph: Alan Betson

European Commission pledge at odds with Theresa May’s wish for cloak of secrecy

Fighting for the British Empire: the story of the Irish who lost their lives needs to be told

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan:  “After the failed coup attempt last July, he started a large-scale purge of his “enemies”, arresting 45,000 people and firing or suspending 130,000. But he has 10 straight victories at the polls since 2002, and there is no doubting his popularity.” File photograph:  Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

World View: Trump pays homage to strongman autocrat

Taoiseach of Ireland Enda Kenny signs the new Rome declaration during a summit to mark the 60th anniversary of the EU’s founding. Photograph: Tiziana Fabitiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

World View: Irish ‘neutrality’ is intensely ideological, a luxury and a bit of a myth

Russian president Vladimir Putin: 1917 revolution does not fit his neo-tsarist, nationalist Great Russia myth. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/AFP/Getty Images

Impulses that drove 1917 insurgents might resonate today in deeply divided Russia

Realistic rejection of violence: an image of Martin McGuinness next  to a book of condolences   at Stormont this week. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Terror is the weapon of those who believe they would lose, or are losing, a traditional military trial of strength – it’s the (...)

President Vladimir Putin  with Leonid Tibilov, the president of the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia. Putin regards South Ossetians as Russians that history has wrongfully parted from their homeland. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/Reuters

Patrick Smyth: Breakaway Georgian enclave seeks to change name in pro-Russian move

 EU commissioner Phil Hogan has warned against talk of treaty changes for which the weary public has no appetite. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Union relaunch faces major challenges in countering Euroscepticism and nationalism

The online defamation regime is confusing and inequitable.

Defamation law in Ireland is financially onerous, oppressive and unpredictable

‘We must remain at the heart of Europe and open to the world  … We must protect the hard-won peace on our island,’ Taoiseach Enda Kenny said. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Analysis: Taoiseach reminds the UK the State will be on EU’s side of the table in exit talks

A man walks next to Chevrolet vehicles at a GM dealership in Miami, Florida: the Center for Automotive Research warns a tariff of 35 per cent could cut US car sales by 450,000 a year and cost 31,000 car industry-related jobs across the US. Photograph: Carlos Barria

Donald Trump’s protectionism is not just economically illiterate, it is dangerous

Cypriots, from  occupied Northern city of Kyrenia, chant slogans during  demonstration against  UN-sponsored Cyprus peace talks. Photograph:  Iakovos Hatzistavrou/AFP

Most of the remaining points of difference are not of principle but degree

 Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu   at  Hatzerim air force base  on Thursday. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Donald Trump will be the only major global leader to back pro-settler policies

A man walks on a ripped electoral poster of Gambia’s  defeated president Yahya Jammeh. Photograph:  Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images

Jammeh refuses to step down, but his departure is a necessity for the country

Pro-choice activists  in front of  the US Supreme Court in Washington DC. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty

Leaving individual states to decide on reproductive rights could be legally problematic

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: “The idea that fake news on Facebook . . . influenced the election in any way is a pretty crazy idea.” Photograph: Peter Dasilva/EPA

World View: Social media giant faces questions over accountability as editor of feeds

US senator Roy Blunt  greets newly elected Missouri attorney general Josh Hawley prior to speaking to supporters after winning his campaign for Missouri senator. Photograph: Michael B Thomas/Getty Images

Party now able to fill vacancy on supreme court vacant since death of Antonin Scalia

William Britt and Al Moreno celebrate in Los Angeles after Californians voted to pass proposition 64, legalising recreational use of marijuana in the state. Photograph: Jonathan Alcorn/Reuters

Nebraska reverses opposition to death penalty in referendums on 150 issues in states

Bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945. Photograph: EPA/Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

Some say a global ban is ineffective without full support, but a vital step has been taken

Scottish First Minister  Nicola Sturgeon suggests Scotland could be accommodated in an EU  half-way house akin to Norway, while the rest of the UK adopts a “hard” Brexit. Photograph:  Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images

A variegated Brexit in which regions retain closer ties to EU should not be problematic

A voter casts her ballot in the referendum on a peace accord  between the Farc and the Colombian state last Sunday. The  referendum was defeated by a narrow margin. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Most Colombians want peace but many could not bring themselves to vote for it

  President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a press conference in Davao city, southern Philippines, EPA/CERILO EBRANO

New leader Rodrigo Duterte has made good on his election campaign promises

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses people gathered at the Presidential Complex to protest against the July 15th failed military coup attempt in Ankara. Photograph:  Kayhan Ozer/AFP/Getty Images

‘The official coup narrative has fed off Turkey’s relish for conspiracy theories’

President Richard Nixon gives his resignation speech from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington D.C. on August 8, 1974 (Photo by NBC NewsWire/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

What started as an occasional borrowing of Nixonian phrases by Trump voters has turned into a brazen homage

Tory Party leadership contender Theresa May has ruled out a second referendum if elected leader and prime minister. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Differing perspectives on the economy and role of markets are broadly irreconcilable

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and other top officials attend a repatriation ceremony at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, last year for 104 Iranian pilgrims who were among at least 464 Iranians killed in a stampede at the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mina near Mecca, Saudi Arabia on September 24th. Photograph: Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Relationship between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia descends to new low

A propaganda poster during the cultural revolution is displayed at the Propaganda Art Museum in Shanghai, China, May 17 2016. The Propaganda Art Museum in Shanghai collect reproductions and original pieces of propaganda posters during the Cultural Revolutions. Photograph: Raul Ariano/NurPhoto via Getty Images

World View: Cultural Revolution and Sykes-Picot pact retain a grip on the present

Field Marshal General Douglas Haig: never more exposed were ruling classes and their socially remote, myopic, incompetent generals, exemplified by Haig. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The battle of the Somme was a new kind of battle, in a new kind of war, and overall it would claim some 1,000,000 casualties

The Nordic Battlegroup is an EU battlegroup comprising Sweden, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Photograph: AFP

Document’s untimely leak plays into Brexiters fears of EU subsuming Nato role

The Musudan rocket is understood to have a range of at least 1,864 miles, long enough to strike, among other targets, US military bases in Guam.  EPA/KCNA SOUTH KOREA OUT

China and South Korea have an interest in short-term stability in North Korea

Donald Trump has largely rewritten the social media rule book and remains, by far, the most tweeted-about candidate. Photograph: Ralph Freso/Getty Images

The US election has been defined by how candidates communicate with voters

Charlie Chaplin and Jackie Coogan in The Kid: Chaplin was thought to be earning £130,000 a year in 1916. Photograph: AP Photo/File

"If in 1916 Shakespeare would “spell bankruptcy” in a British capital, while Mr Charles Chaplin earns £130,000 a year, we must, fo(...)

President Michael D Higgins: hosted a reception to mark the reorganisation of the Irish Citizen Army. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

A tourist bought a boat ticket to New York in 1916 without realising she needed a passport

1916/2016: A miscellany

US president Barack Obama has gone out of his way to pick a nominee whose centrism makes him difficult for Republicans to oppose. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

The nomination of moderate Merrick Garland for Supreme Court is a shrewd move

Countess Markievicz: her speech in Cork caused comment in the House of Commons.

Irish regiments figure in the list of military honours

Countess Constance Markievicz as a captain in the Irish Citizen Army.

Other reports that day include that "the Austrians had dropped here and there a quantity of sweets, some wrapped in red and blue p(...)

A plaque commemorating the 1916 leaders who were executed in Kilmainham Gaol. Photograph: Frank Miller

Irish Republican Brotherhood militants were a diehard lot motivated by heroic failure and blood sacrifice

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has indicated he would move to curb media freedom if elected. Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky/EPA

Republican frontrunner has made it clear he will curb media freedom if elected

Celebrating  election victory, Paul Murphy (right),  Socialist Party/AAA-PBP, said he was not convinced  SF leadership was committed to building a “left” that does not prop up right-wing parties. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fractious and divided, alphabet soup of left-wing parties is unlikely to disappear soon

Fine Gael won a 10 per cent seat bonus at the last general election – in other words ten per cent more seats than their vote warranted in percentage terms. Photograph: PA

Patrick Smyth on how our STV system works and why all preferences should be used

US Supreme Court justice will be remembered for his bluntness, humour and his often vicious sarcasm

The late US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Photograph: The Irish Times

He sought to interpret the Constitution as it was understood at the time of its adoption

David Cameron: The erosion of the principle of free movement and equal treatment of EU citizens is the price we are being asked to pay to keep the UK in the EU. Photograph: Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen/Scanpix

UK’s dubious case may lead to other member states moving to curb migrant rights

The UK Bar Coucil pleading on behalf of Walter  specifically refers to the danger of executing the innocent, exemplified in the capital convictions in the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four cases. Photograph: Joe St Leger/The Irish Times

Abolitionists are now pinning hopes on the case of Pennsylvania woman Shonda Walter

Jaroslaw Kaczynski the leader of Poland’s rulking party. He may well be right to suspect that Brussels is all bluster.  REUTERS/Agencja Gazeta/Slawomir

The European Commission is set to hold an ‘orientation’ debate on new laws in Poland that rein in both its constitutional court a(...)

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