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British foreign secretary Boris Johnson speaking to the press before   a meeting of EU foreign ministers  in Brussels on Monday, March 19th. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

When EU foreign ministers met on Monday the UK, in the form of foreign secretary Boris Johnson, turned up to look for a bit of solidarity over the Sa(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel . “It’s a good sign that Merkel, scarcely a week into her fourth term, will welcome Varadkar with full military honours for a working lunch.” Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Last Friday, as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tilted at imaginary windmills in Washington, Berlin rocked its way into St Patrick’s Day. In the legendary Berg(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: A spokesman for him said the remaining 27 EU member states ‘have been consistent that there can be no backsliding on any part of December’s agreement’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

EU negotiators will this week insist the British abandon their hardline position and show a willingness to commit to the so-called backstop guaranteei(...)

Max Schrems, who in August 2011 flagged the loophole that allowed apps installed by users of Facebook to ‘harvest’ data from their friends without their direct knowledge or explicit consent.

A loophole that led to a political data firm using unauthorised information collected from Facebook users in Donald Trump’s campaign was raised with a(...)

North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong Ho (centre) leaves  Swedish government buildings in central Stockholm on Friday. Photograph: Vilhelm Stokstad/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden’s foreign minister has held what she called “good and constructive” talks with her North Korean counterpart amid growing speculation about a po(...)

An Italian policeman looks at an electoral poster at a polling station in Rome. Why are Italian voters so disenchanted? The obvious answers are that economic performance has been so dismal, while established Italian policymakers appear so ineffective

The election results in Italy are a lesson to Europe. Italians were once among the most enthusiastic supporters of the European project. This is true (...)

Professor Roland Erne  believes a shift has taken place in the governance of the EU which has had a particular impact at national level.

In a wonderful irony, transnational action by unions and other social movements opposed to EU policies may turn out to be the saviour of the union. Th(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) is applauded after she was re-elected   at the Bundestag in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s parliament has elected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor, putting an end to nearly six months of political drift in Europe’s b(...)

IUBH  has 13 campuses and a student population of 15,000  throughout Germany

A private third-level German educator has retained agent Lambert Smith Hampton to source a 929-1,394sq m (10,000-15,000sq ft) building in Dublin suita(...)

The Reichstag building, seat of the German parliament Bundestag, in Berlin. While Andrea Nahles polishes the SPD’s left-wing brasses, Merkel is braced for CDU conservatives challenging the European reform agenda. Photograph:  EPA/Alexander Becher

The unit of time in Germany is not the minute, the hour or even the day, but the week. And it’s 24 weeks –- nearly half a year – since German voters c(...)

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