British prime minister Theresa May looks back following an EU leaders’ group photo on the second day of a summit in Salzburg, Austria. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Prospect of deal between EU and UK is as far away as ever after fractious EU summit at Salzburg

 Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz  talked about what he called a successful visit with European Council president Donald Tusk to Egypt and its willingness to intensify talks with the European Union. Photograph:  Christian Bruna/EPA

Leaders discussed Commission proposals to beef up the EU’s border agency, Frontex, with 10,000 border guards to be deployed to ass(...)

 Theresa May and Leo Varadkar attend a bilateral meeting during the informal summit of European Union leaders in Salzburg, Austria on Thursday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Brexit is a ‘lose, lose, lose’ damage limitation exercise, Simon Coveney says

Sources said Theresa May remained solidly committed to the British pledge in December to a “backstop” for Northern Ireland. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

Leaders gather in Salzburg as Taoiseach outlines preparations for no-deal Brexit

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini addresses a press conference on a new Africa-Europe Alliance. Photograph: Emmanuel DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Europe Letter: Commission talks up continent’s wealth, young people and women

British prime minister Theresa May, in Salzburg, Austria, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

Salzburg summit largely a Brexit stocktaking exercise ahead of October

 Tánaiste Simon Coveney with Michel Barnier:  there is widespread concern that the detailed work being done for the planned October Brexit meeting will not be completed. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Simon Coveney says efforts should be ‘intensified’ to stick to talks schedule

News reports have been hinting at a new flexibility on the part of EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier to give Theresa May a break on how to deal with the problem of maintaining a frictionless border on the island of Ireland. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

There’s a strong element of glossing over the essential principle of the EU position on Northern Ireland

 Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service David Sterling making his  speech in Brussels.  Photograph: European Policy Centre/PA Wire

David Sterling says administrators still being guided by letter from before collapse of executive

Satellite dishes at GCHQ’s outpost at Bude, Cornwall: intercepts are legitimate in pursuit of terrorists or criminals. Photograph: Kieran Doherty

European Court of Human Rights rules on bulk interception and service provider data

EU commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality Vera Jourova, commissioner for security union Julian King, and commissioner for digital economy and society Mariya Gabriel: new measures to  counter terrorism and invest in cybersecurity. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

EU security commissioner tells journalists targeted content is already illegal offline

Matteo Salvini: observers suggest he could easily be prevailed on to stand for the presidency of the European Commission. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

Fracturing of European People’s Party presents opportunity to far-right

The EU Parliament rapporteur on copyright,  Axel Voss,  celebrates after a vote on modifications to EU copyright reforms during a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Proposed rules would halt unsanctioned uploading of copyright material

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker delivering his state of the union speech at the European Parliament on Wednesday. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

MEPs vote by substantial majority to discipline Hungary for breaching rule of law

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban   at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The government in Budapest is accused of  multiple breaches of the rule of law, corruption,  discrimination against minorities, and its refusal to take in migrants. Photograph: EPA/Patrick Seeger

Hungarian prime minister tells European Parliament ‘if necessary we will stand up to you’

Pictured  in 2014 at  ‘Hooded Men’ Amnest Press conference in Dublin from left Francis Mc Guigan, Micheal Donnelly, Patrick Mc Nally Brian Turley and Kevin Hannaway. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

ECHR maintains judgment on 1970s interrogation techniques used against prisoners in North

European Parliament:  EU peace funding has “decisively contributed to the peace process in Northern Ireland, supports the Good Friday Agreement, and continues to support the reconciliation of the two communities.” Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty

Resolution to be discussed in Strasbourg on Tuesday

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he had “articulated our concerns again on the impact of the tax on tax cooperation and open trade internationally”. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Paschal Donohoe has been leading charge against European Commission measures

 Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Paschal Donohoe makes the claim as he attends meeting of EU ministers for finance

MEPs are bitterly divided over creating new copyright rules ahead of meeting next week

Ireland’s EU Commissioner, Phil Hogan will also warn the Kennedy Summer School about the ‘short-termist psychology’ of US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

Ireland’s EU Commissioner to tell summer school people should not listen to Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage or Jacob Rees-Mogg

EU ambassadors: the Irish Border question needs to be answered. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

Private 4,000-word analysis considers North Border, likelihood of united Ireland and fears over fresh conflict

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: The carve-up of key European jobs has begun as incumbent terms run out. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Europe Letter: France and Germany lead field in expectation of key roles in institutions

European Ombudsman Emily OReilly is critical of the manner in which Martin Selmayr has been appointed. Photograph: Getty Images

EU ombudsman cites ‘maladministration’ in Selmayr’s appointment as secretary general

Brexit campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg: “I have consistently said this is about changing the policy, not the prime minister.” File photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Brexiteer says backstop issue holding up talks, and answer is not to put up a border

Britain’s Brexit secretary Dominic Raab and EU chief  negotiator Michel Barnier  in Brussels on August 31st. Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand/ AFP/Getty

Rabb and Barnier meet in Brussels but no agreement how Border might work

The European Commission will recommend that Member States stop changing the time by an hour twice a year. Photograph: Getty Images

EU Commission wants to abolish summertime clock switching

Protesters gather in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw during a rally  against  Supreme Court legislation in  July  2017. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Europe Letter: Deputy PM claims EU heading for ‘auto-destruction’ if CJEU rules against Poland

A placard outside the Houses of Parliament. Photograph: Simon Dawson

Europe Letter: The idea is likely to be toxic to Tories but it may be the only way to progress

Britain’s Brexit minister Dominic Raab and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: still have  “a mountain to climb”. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Barnier and Raab talks achieve some ‘convergence’ on security and defence

The joint declaration from the meeting Donald Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker hailed a “new phase” in the relationship between the US and the EU.

Markets reassured by ‘de-escalation’ of conflict over tariffs, trade barriers and subsidies

Ms Justice Donnelly earlier this year referred aspects of an extradition case involving  a Polish national  to the Court of Justice of the European Union. Photograph: Alan Betson

High Court will now have to decide if alleged drug dealer can get fair trial in Poland

Italy is giving the EU five weeks to find a solution to share the migration burden. File photograph: Giorgos Moutafis/Reuters

Union will pay for resettlement in member states to the tune of €-8,000-€10,000 a head

Mary Lou McDonald: “The reality is that those who brought us Brexit ought to have considered all of the consequences of that. Brexit is not there of our making or of our choice”

Mary Lou McDonald and party’s Northern leader Michelle O’Neill have talks with Michel Barnier

Prince Laurent at a military parade to celebrate Belgium’s National Day on  July 21st: is taking legal action over loss of 15 per cent of his annual €307,000 allowance.  Photograph: Julien Warnand

Twelfth in line to throne Prince Laurent claims massive violation of human rights

Nato and trade: President Trump’s increasing demands have shown the true resilience of the European Union.  Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

Europe has responded to Trump’s broadsides by showing it is capable of going on alone

Theresa May delivers a speech at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, on Friday. The British prime minister challenged the EU to reply to last week’s British government White Paper. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Reuters

EU chief negotiator Barnier says the UK’s White Paper is ‘proven unworkable’

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier chats with Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney ahead of a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Minister claims UK only ‘partially’ addressed issue in context of customs thus far

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier chats with Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney, prior to the General Affairs Council meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

EU’s chief negotiator claims document has useful elements but many questions remain

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Diplomatic source warns that EU would not allow a potential loophole in single market

US president Donald Trump  and Russian president Vladimir Putin arrive for a summit in Helsinki, Finland. Photograph: Brendan SmialowskiAFP/Getty Images

Europe Letter: US president’s meeting with Russian leader was stranger than fiction

Android is the operating system used in more than 80 per cent of the world’s smartphones and is vital to the group’s future revenues as more users rely on mobile gadgets for search services

Massive penalty lined up for abuse of dominant position in mobile operating systems

The Volkswagen emissions scandal began in September 2015. Photograph: Reuters

‘Dieselgate’ scandal prompted worldwide recall of 8.5 million cars

A member of Pussy Riot  runs towards Kylian Mbappe of France during the band’s pitch invasion in Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow. Photograph:   Clive Rose/Getty Images

Treatment of punk band after they played song in Moscow cathedral in 2012 ‘disproportionate’

US president Donald Trump and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin: The damage from Mr Trump’s “naiveté, egotism, false equivalence and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate”. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty

‘It is clear the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake,’ says John McCain

US president Donald Trump receives a football from Russian president Vladimir Putin at a joint news conference after their meeting in Helsinki, Finland. Photograph:  Grigory Dukor/Reuters

Analysis: Helsinki meeting will go down as a historic low point in US diplomacy

Containers being transferred at a port in Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province. With China and the EU facing into trade wars with the US, both sides see the meeting as important in cementing an alliance in defence of the World Trade Organisation. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Meetings expected to cement shared values and defend rules-based trading system

Demonstrators in Albert Square in Manchester. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Paper warns of chaos at ports and airports but leaves Border questions unanswered

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker being helped by heads of states at Parc Cinquantenaire, in Brussels. Photograph: AP

European Commission president was suffering from sciatica and was not drunk, spokesman says

UK prime minister Theresa May in Brussels during the Nato summit. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Paper should bring the EU to the table, but backstop is the biggest obstacle to success

Jan Vertonghen and Romelu Lukaku of Belgium sing the national anthem ahead of their World Cup semi-final victory over Russia in Saint Petersburg.  Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Europe Letter: Red Devils’ achievements give country a sense of unity – at least for a while

German chancellor Angela Merkel and US president Donald Trump attend the opening ceremony of the Nato summit, in Brussels, on Wednesday.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

US president depicts Germany as ‘a captive of Russia’ over disputed gas pipeline deal

 German chancellor Angela Merkel, Belgian prime minister Charles Michel, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg, US president Donald Trump and British prime minister Theresa May at the Nato summit  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

US president’s broadside at Germany continues trend of antagonising allies

US president Donald Trump boards Marine One at the White House, en route to Brussels for the Nato summit. Photograph: Al Drago/Getty Images

Unpredictable US president’s particular target at Nato may well be Angela Merkel

European Commission chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier with then Brexit secretary David Davis  at 10 Downing Street on February 5th last.   Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Analysis: As Johnson follows Brexit secretary out the door, talks process set to go on

Prime minister Theresa May: It is unclear whether the UK is prepared to countenance even the idea of temporary Irish Sea controls for the sake of getting agreement on the backstop. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Backstop remains single most difficult obstacle faced in talks process

German interior minister Horst Seehofer and  Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz: Austria has accepted  150,000 migrants, and is not “happy taking lessons from those who have not taken in proportionately similar numbers”. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

Sebastian Kurz insists Vienna wants ‘Europe without internal borders’

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz whose country has just assumed the rotating presidency of the EU. Photograph: Getty

Sebastian Kurz comments are first sign of tactical disunity between EU 27 states

Official opening of Patrice Lumumba Square in Brussels, named in honour of late Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba, with an effigy of Lumumba. Photograph: Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP/Getty

Europe Letter: Square named after radical PM of independent Congo who was executed

Austrian prime minister   Sebastian Kurz: will meet Bavarian CSU leader Horst Seehofer on Thursday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger

EU fears grow that if Vienna closes border with Italy Schengen zone will unravel

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Europe argues that involuntary early retirement of judges violates judicial independence

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, and Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s chancellor: among those moving to reassure the markets and investors the EU banking system can withstand shocks.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

European Stability Mechanism will serve as lender of last resort with capacity of €80bn

French president Emmanuel Macron greeting Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a breakfast meeting at the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo

French president Macron brokers deal that will supposedly help cut flow of external migrants

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte speaks at the end of a night of negotiation on migration during an European Council summit in Brussels.Photograph: EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Ireland will accept migrants to Europe as part of burden-sharing, says Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Helen McEntee, Minister of State for European Affairs, arrive at the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Bloc’s leaders warn Theresa May of the danger of the UK crashing out of the union

A no-deal for the rest of the EU means no British exit cash and budgetary chaos, border controls and customs, airlines unable to land, uncertainty on citizen rights, and supply line disruptions

Time is running out, and no deal on a Withdrawal Treaty by October will make a March hard Brexit very likely

European Court of Justice  in Luxembourg. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Court of Justice in Luxembourg hears case over man fighting extradition from Ireland

German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Council president Donald Tusk. Photograph: Steffen Kugler/Bundesregierung via Getty Images

Three key ideas will be pushed as evidence the EU is grappling with migrant crisis

Simon Coveney would not be drawn on whether the latest UK plan to extend the backstop’s provisions to the whole of the UK was a basis for negotiation. Photograph: Getty Images

EU to express concern over lack of substantial progress on Brexit backstop

Frans Timmermans (left) talks with Luxemburg’s minister for foreign affairs, Jean Asselborn, and Spain’s minister of foreign affairs, Josep Borrell, in Luxembourg on Tuesday. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Ministers from most member states insist article 7 process proceeds

UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths: briefed EU foreign ministers  on worsening situation in Yemen. Photograph: Yahya Arhab

Warnings of potential bloodbath in Yemen come amid ‘continuing deterioration’

German NGO mission “Lifeline” with migrants rescued in international waters: Malta and Italy have  refused to let the vessel dock on their shores. Photograph: Hermine Poschmann

France calls for penalties for countries rejecting migrants with proven asylum status

German chancellor Angela Merkel greets French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday during German-French government consultations near Gransee in Germany. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Franco-German plan to reform euro zone faces growing opposition

  (L-R) German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Pierre Moscovici, French Finance minister Bruno Le Maire and Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos during a meeting of the Eurogroup in Luxembourg .  Photograph: Julian Waranud/EPA

Finance minister finalise plan to give Athens access to markets in August after final bailout

European commissioner for economic and financial affairs Pierre Moscovici and Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos:  EU officials are convinced the Greek government under Alexis Tsipras remains committed to  stiff fiscal targets. Photograph: Julien Warnand

Objections from Germany held up agreement

ESM managing director Klaus Regling pictured with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker earlier this week. Photograph: EPA

ESM notes ‘sustained’ Irish economic recovery

 Greek pensioners take part in an anti-austerity rally in Athens this week. About two thousand pensioners took part in a rally to oppose government cuts to their pensions.Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Europe Letter: Eurogroup set to agree landmark ‘liberation’

Simon Coveney gave the Cabinet a Brexit update in advance of the visit to Dublin of European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste also warns of ‘very difficult’ summer of talks ahead amid current impasse

The OECD urges continued fiscal discipline in the EU to reduce debt ratios and says the improved financial situation should be used “to complete monetary and banking union.”

But nominal wage growth has not picked up meaningfully due to inflation

Helen Slater, from Bristol, joins anti-Brexit demonstrators as they wave European Union and Union flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. Photograph: Rick Findler/PA Wire

Despite the wishful thinking of the Brexiteers, this TLA could be a permanent fixture

Some of the 629 migrants boarding rescue vessel Aqarius in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Kenny Karpov/Handout/EPA

Spending to be beefed up to €35bn in next budget, including on 10,000 guards

European Union chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool Photo via AP

No amount of spin will protect David Davis from EU negotiators’ assessment

European Union Chief Negotiator in charge of Brexit negotiations Michel Barnier speaks in Brussels on June 8, 2018. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

UK proposals are a means of avoiding the need for post-Brexit Border customs controls

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte (right) and labour minister Luigi Di Maio  ahead of a confidence vote on the government’s programme  on  June 6th, 2018.  Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

Italy has the largest absolute debt load of any EU country, and the third largest in the world

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier:  tweeted a general welcome with reservations about the “#UK proposal on customs aspects of IE/NI backstop”. Photograph: Balazs Mohai

‘Temporary customs’ proposal fails to furnish text on scope of regulatory alignment

The Government  in 2008 temporarily prohibited mussel seed fishing in Castlemaine harbour, meaning the company had no mature mussels to sell in 2010. Photograph: iStock

Business had claimed EU regulations had caused violation of property rights

Not surprisingly, Angela Merkel had reservations about Emmanuel Macron programme. Photograph: Carsten Koall/ POOL/EPA

Europe Letter: The Franco-German alliance is thriving and driving the EU forward

The complainant, named as JQ, was head of the Internal Medicine Department of a Catholic hospital in Düsseldorf.

German hospital not entitled to fire surgeon who divorced and remarried in a civil ceremony

EU commissioner Gunther Oettinger: the hint that Italians were not masters of their own fate was enough to spawn a hurricane of rage. Photograph: John Thys/Getty Images

Günther Oettinger issues grovelling apology as Italian parties outraged

European commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen: With cohesion/regional and agriculture funding amounting to over 70 per cent of the EU budget, both programmes will bear brunt of Brexit cutbacks. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Poland and Hungary among EU members whose growth will see their financial aid cut

Carlo Cottarelli: steps in to lead government as  Five Star leader Luigi Di Maio claims President  Sergio Mattarella was responsible for “the darkest night Italy’s democracy has ever seen”.   Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty

Temporary Italian government to be led by IMF’s Carlo Cottarelli as markets fall

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: “We should be looking at a more comprehensive engagement between the EU and the US on the Middle East, more broadly and indeed on other issues like trade across the Atlantic.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Coveney warns of dangers of political vacuum in Middle East and urges EU engagement

The  €12.5 million investment in sustainable Irish forestry  comes from a new €125 million EIB natural capital finance facility.

Funding to support sustainable ‘continuous cover’ forestry projects

Theresa May: she  has been suggesting  that the customs provisions suggested in the backstop should be extended on a UK-wide basis to obviate the need for any separate treatment of Northern Ireland goods. Photograph: PA Wire

UK must produce way of making backstop work that reflects December’s promises

Irish High Court’s Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly: said “immense” legislative changes to Poland’s judicial system under the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party called into question the rule of law.

High Court’s Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly cast doubts on Polish judicial system’s rule of law

A Maasai man passes near a zebra carcass near Isinya in Kenya. Photograph: Radu Sigheti/Reuters

Irishman Tom Arnold is chairing EU task force to help rural Africa solve own problems

Five Star Movement: Luigi Di Maio, the party’s leader, with Giuseppe Conte, the lawyer he nominated to be prime minister. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty

EU leaders are deeply worried about the Five Star-Lega populists taking over in Rome

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon  was in Brussels for the first board meeting of the new European Data Protection Board (EDPB). Photograph: Dave Meehan

Data Protection Commissioner now responsible for ensuring both search giant and Facebook are compliant on data privacy

British prime minister Theresa May:  “The UK thinks everything has to change on the EU’s side so that everything can stay the same for the UK,”  a senior EU official said. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

UK proposals to maintain regulatory alignment with EU for limited time are a ‘fantasy’

Border at Newry: Prof Federico Fabbrini says the EU could “declare the entire territory of Northern Ireland to be a frontier zone to the EU customs union; thereby removing the need for customs controls (at least on the EU side)”. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Europe Letter: Article XXIV of GATT could keep NI in customs union and single market

More articles