People visit the Christmas Market, in Strasbourg, France, on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Strasbourg reopened its traditional Christmas market under heavy security on Friday, the morning after French police shot dead a gunman suspected of (...)

France’s Emmanuel Macron expressed disappointment at Moscow’s continuing failure to meet obligations in Ukraine line with the 2015 Minsk agreement. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

EU leaders on Thursday launched into  the first difficult round of a budget negotiation process that promises be every bit as tortuous, far more (...)

An anti-Brexit demonstrator in London. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Political turmoil in the UK and its looming departure from the EU on March 30th may force London to seek more time for talks on its withdrawal. That (...)

Leo Varadkar had asked Micheál Martin to agree to hold the next general election in the summer of 2020. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has agreed to a one-year extension of the confidence and supply agreement which underpins the Government. Spea(...)

Handout picture released by French police of Cherif Chekatt, suspected of being the gunman involved in the Strasbourg shooting. Photograph: French police handout/AFP/Getty Images

French authorities were continuing to search on Wednesday night for Cherif Chekatt, the 29-year-old Frenchman suspected of having murdered two people (...)

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(...)

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