British prime minister Theresa May takes a seat as she arrives for a bilateral meeting with European Council president Donald Tusk during the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP/Getty Images

A two-day European Union summit in Brussels ended on an upbeat note Friday, with leaders expressing confidence that their next meeting in December wo(...)

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: there is deep concern over the autocratic leanings of his government and that  Turkey is “no longer on a European path”. Photograph: Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool

In two days, the 28 EU leaders at their Brussels summit covered a wide range of internal and external issues, well beyond the press obsession with Bre(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron speaks to reporters  at the end of the EU leaders’ summit at the building Council of the EU, in Brussels on Friday, 2017. Photograph: AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday the work required to settle Britain’s financial obligations to the EU when it leaves was not even half(...)

Thousands of people protest in downtown Barcelona on Tuesday. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

The Spanish government is to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independ(...)

Sebastian Kurz, leader  of the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (OVP): likely to bring  Heinz-Christian Strache’s far-right Freedom Party into government. Photograph: Alex Halada/AFP/Getty Images

In the wake of the Dutch and French elections, and the defeats of Geert Wilders’s and Marine Le Pen’s respective parties, some commentators hailed wha(...)

French former culture minister and newly elected head of Unesco Audrey Azoulay: she was chosen by the UN body’s 58-member executive council after five rounds of voting. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

The election of Audrey Azoulay as director general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) on October 13th w(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker embraces British prime minister Theresa May after a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

British prime minister Theresa May’s attempt to unblock stalled Brexit talks by travelling to Brussels to see European Commission president Jean-Claud(...)

People watch waves splash over a wall on the Coast Road, Clontarf, ahead of Hurricane Ophelia hitting Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s benchmark Iseq overall index had fallen by over 3 per cent by mid-day on Monday with insurer FBD amongst the lunchtime losers. Share in FBD(...)

Donald Trump speaks about Iran at the White House, on Friday. His speech marks a major shift in US foreign policy towards Iran, and undermines one of the key achievements of President Barack Obama. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP

US president Donald Trump has taken the first step towards revoking the Iran nuclear agreement, decertifying the 2015 deal but leaving a final decisio(...)

Ireland’s beef sector would be particularly vulnerable to a massive influx of beef, not least with Brexit looming.

A European Commission trade deal offer to Latin American countries which has provoked strong protests from European farmers, on Friday faced sharp cri(...)