‘Forty years on, this very French, eclectic gathering, lubricated by copious wine and fromages to die for, provided some telling snapshots of the country’s, and particularly its left’s, uncertain, confused, and depressed mood and the langueur of its politics.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Paris in the springtime. Around the tables in the country garden on this balmy evening, pals, old schoolfriends, and family celebrated last weekend on(...)

The Queen announced that  a referendum will be held no later than December 31st, 2017, on  whether Britain – strictly, the UK – should exit the European Union. Photograph:  Alastair Grant/WPA Pool/Getty Images

What did Queen Elizabeth announce this week? On behalf of the UK prime minister, David Cameron, the queen announced in parliament this week that a (...)

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, welcomes David Cameron, British prime minister, ahead of a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin  on Friday. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg.

German chancellor Angela Merkel promised on Friday to work with David Cameron to clinch a deal on reforming the European Union that would keep Britain(...)

David Cameron being greeted by French president François Hollande at the Élysée Palace yesterday. Mr Cameron also met Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. Photograph: Philippe Wojzaer/Reuters

Some of the UK’s demands for changes to its membership of the European Union will require treaty change, British foreign secretary Philip Hammond ha(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at UMP party headquarters in Paris. The 212,000 members of the party will vote on the party’s statute and new name. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/Afp/Getty Images

Militants of Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative UMP will officially change their party’s name to “Les Républicains” – the Republicans – on Saturday. With (...)

 British prime minster David Cameron is welcomed by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the Catshuis residence  in The Hague. The meeting with Mr Rutte, an ally, was expected to go smoothly. Photograph: Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron began his tour of Europe in The Hague and Paris on Thursday. He intends to visit all 27 capitals before the June (...)

 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave after the opening of the British parliament at the Palace of Westminster in central London on Wednesday. Photograph:  Reuters

Queen Elizabeth set in motion British prime minister David Cameron’s plans for a European Union membership referendum on Wednesday as he faced pressu(...)

EDF chief executive Jean-Bernard Lévy: offering employees a one-off €10,000 payment to persuade them to work 212 days a year, rather than the current 196. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

For years, employees of the French company EDF have enjoyed a perk almost inconceivable to their counterparts in the rest of the industrialised wor(...)

British minister for Europe David Lidington: set out Britain’s preliminary plans for renegotiation of EU membership. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Britain’s Europe minister, David Lidington, travelled to Dublin on Tuesday for discussions on Britain’s planned renegotiation of EU membership, ahead (...)

Greece’s interior minister, Nikos Voutsis: ‘The four instalments for the IMF in June are €1.6 billion. This money will not be given, and is not there to be given.’ Photograph: Alexandros Vlachos/EPA

Greece will be unable to meet its repayments to the International Monetary Fund next month unless it reaches a deal with creditors, Greece’s interi(...)