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Speaking at the first day of the EU summit in Brussels, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Ireland is ‘in full solidarity’ with the UK in its diplomatic stand-off with Russia. Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he expects the details of the “backstop” in the Brexit treaty guaranteeing no hard border in Ireland will be agreed “ce(...)

Emmanuel Macron’s plummeting popularity results largely from his determination to comply with the EU’s 3% cap on deficit spending. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

As Emmanuel Macron approaches his 100th day in office, hope that he would reconcile the French with both each other and free market economics is fadin(...)

A group of 52 migrants who were rescued  by the Spanish coastguard are met by Red Cross personnel  at Málaga harbour on June 21st. Photograph:  Guillaume Pinon/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Few places show off Málaga’s status as a developed hub of consumerism and culture as much as the area surrounding its port. Luxury boats and(...)

An organiser adjusts the British flag, prior to the EU leaders’ summit on Brexit, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: John ThysAFP/Getty Images

The Taoiseach was careful to avoid any hint of triumphalism at the end of Saturday’s special EU summit on Brexit in Brussels, describing the adoption (...)

Last year the FSAI dealt with 554 food incidents. This led to 67 food alerts, of which 39 were for food and 28 for allergens.

A recall of mackerel fillets by Tesco, hummus by Avoca and chicken-and-vegetable soup by Marks & Spencer are just three of the alerts issued by th(...)

French presidential  candidate  Marine Le Pen saluted Trump’s “realism and determination to change things”. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

Marine Le Pen, the presidential candidate for France’s extreme right-wing Front National, attempted to burnish her diplomatic credentials this week w(...)

A migrant eats as others stand in line to receive free food outside a derelict customs warehouse in Belgrade, Serbia. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Serbia’s accommodation for refugees and migrants is now full to capacity and people smugglers are exploiting rising desperation among those seeking pa(...)

Alain Juppé  and François Fillon: The former prime ministers have knocked heads over immigration and the economy in the run-off of France’s right-wing presidential primary. Photographs: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

If he wins the primary of the conservative party Les Républicains on Sunday night, François Fillon will likely become president of France next May. W(...)

President Rodrigo Duterte: China looks set to benefit from his  anger at the US for its refusal to back his war on drugs, in which there has been  an estimated 3,000 deaths linked to vigilante groups and police actions. Photograph: Dean K/AFP/Getty Images

Registration for firms wishing to accompany Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte’s on his first state visit to China is oversubscribed, with at least(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping with Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. Photograph:  Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

China has said it will co-operate with the United Nations Human Rights Council, a group which has frequently censured Beijing over the years, and is p(...)

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