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Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borisov. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Bulgaria launched its first EU presidency with a flourish with speeches and glorious traditional music and dance – a cross between Riverdance, Horslip(...)

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki and his Hungarian counterpart, Viktor Orban. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Tensions over Poland’s controversial judicial reforms were the main dish at a “working dinner” on Tuesday evening in Brussels, when Poland’s new prime(...)

Minister for Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten published Ireland’s National Mitigation Plan earlier this year, which aims to hold agricultural emissions at a steady level and to make more demanding cuts in the other sectors.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ireland has secured “more attainable greenhouse gas obligations” for the period up to 2030 thanks to recognition of the carbon stored in soils and for(...)

Protection of a frictionless border between the two parts of Ireland was accepted as one of the three key concerns of the EU that would have to be addressed in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

The prominence given to the Border in the first phase of the Brexit agreement represented a significant triumph for the Government. It was an achievem(...)

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz:  “We will do what we think is correct.” Photograph: Bloomberg

Amid loud and emotional protest in Vienna, Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his new right-wing populist government were sworn into office on Mon(...)

UK  prime minister Theresa May:  “There’s still more to do but we’re well on the road to delivering the Brexit that will make Britain prosperous, strong and secure.” Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Theresa May has welcomed the European Council’s conclusion that sufficient progress has been made in Brexit talks to allow negotiations to move on to (...)

Prime minister of Belgium Charles Michel: “Solidarity cannot be unilaterally applied.” Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

While much media attention at the EU summit was focused on Brexit, EU leaders repeatedly insisted their gathering in Brussels “is not a Brexit summit”(...)

The 24 heads of state who are members of the Defence Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco), on the side of the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Ireland has formally joined Pesco, the new European defence co-operation mechanism, days after a Dáil vote endorsing the move. EU leaders meeting a(...)

Donald Tusk: he has attempted to synopsise real differences among leaders so that debates can focus on how to bridge such differences. Photograph: Getty Images

Much of the agenda of European Council meetings is “precooked”. Ministers and their sherpas prepare the ground for leaders who assemble to sign off on(...)

 Sharp differences are likely to re-emerge over EU migration policy in a debate proposed by European Council president Donald Tusk, whose letter to leaders setting out the agenda has prompted serious recriminations. File photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo

EU leaders meeting over the next two days in Brussels are set to give unanimous backing to the opening of the next phase of Brexit negotiations. At p(...)

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