German chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Britain’s prime minister Theresa May in Berlin on December 11th, 2018. Photograph: Odd Andersen

Jean-Claude Juncker started the day in Strasbourg telling MEPs there was “no room whatsoever for renegotiation” of the Brexit withdrawal treaty. “The (...)

Mary Coughlan celebrating her appointment as Minister for Agriculture in 2004. Photograph: Frank Miller

After Constance Markievicz, Ireland had no woman at cabinet for 60 years. In the past century, there have been just 19 female ministers - and two fema(...)

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis salutes the honour guard during a military parade marking 100th Romania’s Great Union Day, in Bucharest. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis has called for a renewed fight against corruption, as his battle with the country’s scandal-plagued government cloud(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. It is widely expected he  will offer to open negotiations on an extension to the arrangement underpinning the minority government, possibly for another year

At times Fianna Fáil TDs are left to judge the political direction of their party by the mood of their leader rather than by anything he says. On the(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan:  called for “continued efforts to tackle the people-smugglers who exploit vulnerable migrants”. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

Last summer’s forlorn hopes that EU leaders could use their December summit to agree a comprehensive package of badly needed reforms of their common a(...)

Micheál Martin referred to how tens of thousands of people from Northern Ireland hold Irish passports and therefore were “Irish citizens” and “European citizens”. Photograph: Alan Betson

An internal Government note appears to dampen hopes that Irish citizens in Northern Ireland will be allowed to vote in European elections post-Brexit.(...)

Rock of Gibraltar: Spain is trumpeting what it sees as  a major diplomatic coup. Photograph: Jon Nazca

Irish diplomats have done their best in recent months to maintain perceptions of a discrete remove in the Brexit negotiating process between Irish con(...)

The traditional printed press has had a fraught relationship with digital giants like Google and Facebook who have used their material without payment.

European newspaper publishers are lobbying EU member state governments to protect draft copyright legislation that will require digital companies to p(...)

Targets can be met through strong development of renewable and nuclear energy to drive large-scale electrification of the EU’s energy systems, the European Commission said. Photograph: iStock

Europe will be climate neutral by 2050, the European Commission has pledged. Although largely an aspirational target, which will not affect current n(...)

Micheál Martin: Most TDs believe the Fianna Fáil leader wants to extend the confidence and supply deal with Fine Gael, possibly by another year. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

On Tuesday, similar to most Dáil sitting days over the past few weeks, negotiating teams from Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael made their way to a room in Ag(...)

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