Frans Timmermans is tasked by EU Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen to develop a “European green deal” over the next five years. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie LeCocq

The new European Commission is encountering big difficulties in securing member state agreement on scaling up 2030 targets to reduce carbon emissions (...)

UK Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay is welcomed by EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP Pool.

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has received the green light from the 27 member states to go into intensive negotiations with the UK t(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK prime minister Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel, Cheshire, on Thursday. Photograph: Government Press Office/PA

After three days of hostile briefings, mutual recriminations and predictions of doom, a three-hour meeting in a hotel outside Liverpool has transforme(...)

Sylvie Goulard is being investigated by the EU anti-fraud unit Olaf. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

A third nominee to the next European Commission has been rejected by MEPs. In an embarrassing rebuke to president-designate Ursula von der Leyen, who (...)

The after-effects of ectocarpus –  a brown-coloured opportunist algae – in Dublin Bay at Booterstown which is killing seagrass

The decline of carbon-capturing seagrass, evidence of sea level rise caused by climate change, and major structural faults in coastal defences are amo(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, beside Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph:  Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The idea of a “Stormont lock” on the Brexit backstop in any form is a non-runner, the European Commission made clear on Wednesday . In Brussels, whic(...)

 European Council president  Donald Tusk: the EU remains “open but still unconvinced” by the UK plans. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

European Council president Donald Tusk has said the EU stands “fully behind Ireland” after the UK published its new Brexit proposals, adding in a twee(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. His government says it will now propose Oliver Varhelyi – Budapest’s envoy to the EU – to be Hungary’s commissioner. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Hungary’s nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban has lambasted Brussels for rejecting his candidate for EU commissioner and denounced potential refor(...)

Paul Murphy, Richard Boyd Barrett  and Bríd Smith of Solidarity/People Before Profit. Murphy has left the Socialist Party to form his own far-left party which he will launch on Monday.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Here’s a heartwarming little announcement aimed at Paul Murphy – who left the Socialist Party on Thursday – which arrived too late for this week’s Soc(...)

 EU Commission president-designate Ursula von der Leyen. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

MEPs have blocked two of the nominees for the next European Commission over inconsistencies in their personal financial declarations. The decision by(...)

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