Fine Gael Seanad leader Regina Doherty: said Ireland was ‘dragged kicking and screaming by populism to mandatory hotel quarantining’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Calls have been made for the mandatory hotel quarantine system to “quietly” lapse after the three months “sunset clause” in the legislation underpinni(...)

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon will soon enter talks with  counterparts over WhatsApp’s breaches of GDPR. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The Data Protection Commissioner has clashed with several of her European counterparts after they objected to her proposal to impose a fine of up to €(...)

Ursula von der Leyen is left without a chair as Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and European Council president Charles Michel remain seated at a meeting in March. Photograph: Turkish Presidential Press Service

The political world was convulsed this week by revelations about Boris Johnson’s furnishings. The £840-a-roll gold wallpaper designed to eviscerate th(...)

German health minister Jens Spahn (left) speaking to a health worker as Regina Andelum gets a coronavirus vaccine at a vaccination centre in Hamburg. Photograph: EPA/Daniel Reinhardt/pool

Europe Correspondent Germany set a new EU vaccination record by administering over a million jabs in a single day this week as a boost in deliveries h(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen’s words about her treatment in Ankara will have resonated with millions of women and men. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/ AFP via Getty Images

If, for some, the so-called Sofagate incident seemed just too crass, too childish, to be pre-meditated, Ursula von der Leyen thought otherwise. “Would(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has called for a “swift conclusion” to final negotiations on the certification so that it will be “up and running” by June. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/Getty Images/Bloomberg

The Government has been urged to be ready to adopt EU plans for a Covid-19 travel certificate so the tourism industry can benefit from overseas visito(...)

Boris Johnson: “Now is the time to look forward to the future and to building a more global Britain.” Photograph: PA Wire

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to approve the post-Brexit trade deal between the European Union and UK, bringing to a conclusion yea(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the vote, but warned that ‘faithful implementation is essential’.  Photograph: Thierry Monasse/Bloomberg

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve the post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK, bringing to a conclusion ye(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen speaks during the debate on EU-UK trade and co-operation agreement during the second day of a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The European Union’s trade deal with the United Kingdom has “real teeth” and Brussels will not hesitate to use its enforcement measures if needed to h(...)

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