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Outgoing president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker earned a round of applause from the hardbitten hacks. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The failure of the EU leaders to agree to opening EU accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania was a “mistake of historic proportions”, Europea(...)

Albanian prime minister Edi Rama said his country was “collateral damage” in the EU’s internal disputes. Photograph: Gent Shkullaku/AFP

North Macedonia and Albania reacted with dismay on Friday to a decision by member states not to start accession talks with the two Balkan candidate co(...)

As Donald Trump’s missteps in the Middle East compounded his impeachment troubles this week, Vladimir Putin could look on contentedly as the cards in Syria fell Moscow’s way. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

As Donald Trump’s missteps in the Middle East compounded his impeachment troubles this week, Vladimir Putin could look on contentedly as the cards in (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and president of the European Council Donald Tusk during a press conference at the Brexit summit in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

European leaders on Thursday night approved a Brexit agreement with the UK that reflected only slight changes – amendments to six paragraphs dealing w(...)

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The United Kingdom and the European Union have reached a Brexit deal but senior EU figures are holding out no prospect that leaders in the union, incl(...)

As Brexit talks continued ambassadors were briefed separately by EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: Getty

Not for the first time a “crunch summit” and “crunch week”, in the euphemism so loved by journalists desperate for attention-grabbing headlines, will (...)

An Albanian opposition supporter clashes with  police  during a rally called by the opposition to demand the resignation of  interior minister Fatmir Xhafaj in Tirana, Albania, in May 2018. His brother was suspected of drug smuggling. File photograph: Gent Shkullaku/AFP/Getty

Klodiana Lala draws a triangle in the air to explain the power structure she explores as one of Albania’s leading investigative journalists. “I see p(...)

Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama: “In 10 years’ time it will be a different place and we will have a state that functions totally differently.”  Photograph:  Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Psychedelic shapes swarm over the walls of Edi Rama’s office and coloured pencils and paints cover his desk, but they cannot brighten the mood of the (...)

Horse chestnuts have been assessed as ‘vulnerable’ to extinction in Europe. Photograph: iStock

Horse chestnut trees, whose conkers have been collected and treasured by generations of children, are among scores of European trees at risk of extinc(...)

An asylum seeker from a country regarded as safe is much less likely to be granted leave to remain in the State. Photograph: Frank Miller

The number of people seeking asylum in the State increased by more than one third in the first six months of the year when compared to 2018, a period (...)

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