British  Brexit minister David Davis: “In a negotiation you always have to have the right to walk away – if you don’t, you get a terrible deal”, he told MPs in the House of Commons. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Two of Theresa May’s most senior ministers have made sharply contradictory statements about a “no deal” Brexit, with home secretary Amber Rudd saying (...)

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly  concluded there was no maladministration by European Medicines Agency. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

An investigation by European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has found no maladministration in relation to a complaint about the human papilloma virus (HPV) (...)

The constitutional ban on abortion is “unworkable” because of online access to abortion pills, Peter Boylan, the former master of Holles St and chairman of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Ireland, will tell the Oireachtas committee on the Eighth Amendment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The constitutional ban on abortion is “unworkable” because of online access to abortion pills, Peter Boylan, the former master of Holles St and chairm(...)

There was fury in London at a sentence in the OECD document which said that if the Brexit decision was reversed, “the positive impact on growth would be significant.”

The OECD has lobbed a grenade into the Brexit debate, estimating a major hit to growth in 2019 if the UK leaves without a deal and saying that the fli(...)

Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): group warns the UK economy is on track to be crippled by its EU divorce

A second referendum that reverses Brexit would have a “positive” and “significant” impact on the UK economy, which is on track to be crippled by its E(...)

President Michael D Higgins talks with New South Wales’ Governor David Hurley as they walk in the garden with Frances Fitzgerald at Government House in Sydney. Photograph: Steve Christo/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins has encouraged Australian entrepreneurs to work in Ireland “as a bridge” to the European Union and Irish companies to work(...)

Catalan independence leaders Jordi Cuixart (left) and Jordi Sanchez    arrive on Monday at the high court in Madrid, which ordered their detention. Photograph: Javier Barbancho/Reuters

A dispute over the actions of the judiciary has deepened Spain’s constitutional crisis, after the leaders of two civic independence organisations were(...)

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(...)

Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Former Bank of England chief Mervyn King has attacked the UK government’s handling of Brexit negotiations, warning it may already be too late to put i(...)

MEP Matt Carthy: “The extremely low number of reported schemes raises questions about the poor effectiveness of the mandatory disclosure scheme.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Revenue Commissioners have received just 11 reports of potentially abusive tax-avoidance schemes since Ireland made it mandatory in early 2011 for(...)