Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democrat Party (SPD), speaks during a party conference in Bonn on Sunday. Photograph: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz made an impassioned appeal to his party on Sunday to give the go-ahead for formal coalition talks with Chancello(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams laughs as Mary Lou McDonald watches after a pre-election news conference in Dublin in  February 24, 2016. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Gerry Adams AGM addressed the Sinn Féin’s Cúige Uladh in Belfast this morning. Here is the full text of Gerry Adams’s speech: A chairde, This AGM co(...)

Central Bank of Ireland governor Philip Lane (left) with deputy governor Sharon Donnery. Both are tipped for key roles with the European Central Bank. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government is facing an interesting game of poker, as a string of top jobs come up at the European Central Bank over the next two years. The first(...)

Viorica Dancila, the newly appointed Romanian prime minister with Liviu Dragnea, the leader of the ruling Social Democrat Party: new government will face widespread public discontent and growing EU scrutiny. Photograph: Octav Gane AFP/Getty

Thousands of Romanians are expected to protest on Saturday against sweeping legal and judicial reforms, as the country weathers more political uncerta(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s wide-ranging speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg took in issues such a Brexit, climate change, European unity, tax issues and migration. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

It’s Leo Varadkar’s birthday on Thursday. This time last year, he was an ambitious young Cabinet minister with his eye on the top job. On Thursday he(...)

 EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier  and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar before a debate on the future of Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

All roads, they say, lead to Rome. But in Brussels these days, they lead unerringly to Brexit. Its consequences feed into and colour every debate, no(...)

Opposition leader Merara Gudina (centre) walks with his supporters after his release in Burayu, Ethiopia on Wednesday. Photograph: Elias Meseret/AP

Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was among hundreds of prisoners released from jail on Wednesday as the first step in a government campaign t(...)

In a speech in Strasbourg, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  said the EU was “the outcome of one of the greatest acts of political creativity in all of human history”. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to defend Ireland’s controversial corporation tax system, saying EU member states should be retain the ability to se(...)

 Plastics and other detritus line the shore of the Thames Estuary. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Europe is planning to ensure all plastic packaging in the EU is recyclable by 2030. The move is part of a new policy on plastics published by the Eu(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk speaks during a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,  on Tuesday. Photograph:  AFP

Suggestions in the UK that it should hold a second referendum on Brexit, a proposal with very little real prospect, prompted EU Council president Don(...)

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