Cycling on the beach at Jurmala, Latvia – not as easy as it looks

There are, broadly speaking, two types of cycling holidays. There’s those cyclists you see on, say, the Beara Peninsula, slogging uphill with packed p(...)

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan   recently said he is “digging his heels in” to ensure the trade agreement does not allow for the import of lower quality beef into the EU. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

European Commission sources on Monday expressed confidence that it will be possible to conclude two major trade deals, with Mexico and the south Ameri(...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook is in Paris to meet the French president Emmanuel Macron. Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA

Apple chief executive Tim Cook is in Paris to meet the French president Emmanuel Macron, amid calls by the French leader and European allies to change(...)

Leo Varadkar rejected a claim by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin in the Dáil that he had brought “a party person’’ with him on the trip. Photograph:   Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Leo Varadkar defended the making of a video about his work as Taoiseach while flying on the Government jet to Tallinn, Estonia. The video was issued(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron attends an EU summit in Tallinn, Estonia. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Big events, big speeches and big ideas herald a return of scale and ambition to European politics. The German election, Juncker’s, Macron’s and May’s (...)

Following French president Emmanuel Macron’s strong championing of corporation tax harmonisation in his speech last week, the idea was also backed by German chancellor Angela Merkel on the fringes of Tallinn. Photograph: Valda Kalnina/EPA

EU leaders in Tallinn on Friday night gave broad support to an Estonian agenda that aspires to establish the union’s global leadership of the digital (...)

European Council president Donald Tusk gives a press conference after the European Union digital summit in Tallinn, Estonia. Photograph: Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty Images

“Maailma töötajad ühendavad sind, kui sul pole midagi kaotada, vaid oma ahelad.” This is Estonian, apparently, but gibberish, was how an Estonian jo(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “If you want those companies to generate in Europe it not through heavy taxes and more regulation”. File photograph Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned fellow EU leaders that taxing digital companies too heavily would inhibit their development or drive them away. Mr(...)

'What the Estonians would like is for the leaders to back what will undoubtedly be called the ‘Tallinn Agenda'.' Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Estonia does digital big time. And in an astute piece of national branding, it has used its EU presidency to promote its leadership in the field – par(...)

The European Commission suggested that EU plans to harmonise tax rules across the bloc could be used to incorporate new rules on digital taxation. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The European Union should push ahead with overhauling the rules around how digital firms should be taxed even if other jurisdictions fail to follow su(...)