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Perhaps the strongest sign the Trump administration is turning its back on Brussels is the decision to downgrade the status of the EU ambassador in Washington. Photograph: John Thys/AFP

Earlier this week members of Congress, officials and senior foreign policy experts squeezed into a conference room on Capitol Hill for a panel debate.(...)

Pawel Adamowicz, the 53-year-old mayor of Gdansk, Poland, who was loved by liberals and loathed by conservatives, died on Tuesday from stabbing injuries sustained at a charity concert two days earlier. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

On a sunny day in August 2010, Mayor Pawel Adamowicz beamed with pride as he renamed a room in Gdansk City Hall after Free State diplomat Seán Lester.(...)

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British prime minister Theresa May faces a vote of no confidence in her government on Wednesday after suffering a historically unprecedented defeat fo(...)

In her letter, British prime minister Theresa May accepts that the backstop represents ‘a fair compromise’ but tries to find common concerns on both sides. Photograph: Ben Birchall/AFP/Getty Images

The thrust of the EU’s reassurance letter to the UK on the “backstop” is: neither side likes it, it is far from ideal but it would only be temporary u(...)

A copy of the letter send by European Council president Donald Tusk and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to Theresa May on Monday. Photograph:  Yves Herman/Illustration/Reuters

Theresa May has welcomed the letter from Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk as offering “valuable new clarifications and assurances” about the Brexit(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: “Now is not the time to focus on plan B.” File photograph: Donall Farmer

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said this week is going to be a really significant one for Brexit and that Ireland must “hold its nerve.” He told RTÉ’s To(...)

A copy of a joint letter from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and EU Council President Donald Tusk sent to British prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Illustration/Reuters

When, in December, the British government received from the European Council a number of clarificatory assurances on the temporary nature of the propo(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

A rousing rendition of Ode to Joy in Bucharest’s spectacular domed Athenaeum concert hall ushered in Romania’s first EU presidency on Thursday night. (...)

Central Bank of Ireland governor Philip Lane. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Austria has dropped its plan to propose a new member of the European Central Bank’s Executive Board as it doesn’t see a suitable spot amid the impendi(...)

British  prime minister Theresa May during  prime minister’s questions  in the House of Commons  on January 9th.  Photograph: AFP Photo/Mark Duffy/Getty Images

Political divisions at Westminster over the UK’s divorce agreement with the EU has brought the possibility of delaying bringing Brexit into play in or(...)

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