Labour Party leader Ed Miliband:   Will tell the CBI today: “I am not going to play politics with our membership of the EU because I don’t believe it would make Britain stronger or more confident.”  Photograph: Paul Hackett/Reuters

Labour Party leader Ed Miliband, who faces internal rumblings over his leadership, will today warn that prime minister David Cameron’s flirtation wit(...)

From left: British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte take a boat ride with Reinfeldt handling the oars in a lake at Reinfeldt’s summer residence Harpsund, south-west of Stockholm, Sweden. during an evening break in their talks on EU and the the new European Parliament.

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte flies to Dublin today for talks with Taoiseach Enda Kenny on the appointment of the next European Commission president(...)

Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen: decision to step down to seek EU role took EU community by surprise. Photograph: Reuters/Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva

The race for the top jobs in the European Union intensified this week following the decision by Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen to step d(...)

Photograph of Tony Benn taken in 2003. The veteran politician died at home on Friday March 14th, 2014, at the age of 88. Photograph: Matthew Fearn/PA Wire

Tony Benn, who has died aged 88, was a pivotal figure in British left-wing politics in the second half of the 20th century. A national institut(...)

When considering homophobia – and, by golly, we are considering homophobia this week – it’s always worth returning to Quentin Crisp’s anecdote about t(...)

There was a close bond between Irish republicans and the ANC and its armed wing, MK, which was co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. Photograph: Frank Miller

The presence of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams as a member of the honour guard at Nelson Mandela’s funeral may have appeared slightly incongruous to (...)

British prime minister David Cameron, Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and US president Barack Obama pose for a ‘selfie’ at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service today.

British prime minster David Cameron and US president Barack Obama posed for a mobile phone “selfie” at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service today.The two(...)

David Cameron: knows he must counter the perception of the Tories as the party of privilege.

This week in Manchester, a pollster laid out detailed figures for Conservative Party delegates gathered for their annual conference. If an election we(...)

Ed Miliband: believes the centre has moved to the left. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Sometimes a delayed reaction is best. Ed Miliband’s speech this week at the Labour conference in Brighton – where he vowed to freeze energy prices for(...)