German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, who has been elected European Commission president by 383 votes, with 327 voting against. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Averting the possibility of a major EU inter-institutional rift, MEPs on Tuesday night in Strasbourg confirmed Germany’s defence minister Ursula von d(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney arrives for the National Day of Commemoration ceremony in Dublin on Sunday. Mr Coveney has warned online platforms of their responsibility to police the “ever-evolving threat” of disinformation. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The State’s security services are “appraising” a suspected Russian intelligence operation to spread fake news online targeting divisions in Ireland an(...)

Ursula von der Leyen promises much more intensive dialogue with MEPs. Photograph: Getty

“It’s going to be a close call.” Ursula von der Leyen has no illusions about Tuesday’s vote in the European Parliament. The last 12 days has propelle(...)

European Commission president-designate Ursula von der Leyen considers the proposed EU-UK withdrawal agreement a good deal “that we need to stick to without any question”. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty

British hopes that a change in European Union leadership may lead to a willingness to renegotiate the Brexit deal with a new Conservative leader have (...)

Farmers wellies in a pile at the gates of Leinster House during a demonstration   in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

The Government has been soundly defeated on a vote on the Mercosur trade deal in the Dáil. The vote, on a Sinn Féin motion, was defeated by 84 votes (...)

Fresh report from Northern Ireland civil service warns that at least 40,000 jobs would be lost if UK crashes out without  deal.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has accused Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt of having an “utterly disingenuous debate” on Brexit in their con(...)

 European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government is “standing firmly” behind its nomination of Phil Hogan as Ireland’s next EU commissioner despite a demand for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (...)

Christine Lagarde will be formally appointed in October. Photograph: Erin Schaff/The New York Times

Christine Lagarde is set to be confirmed in October as the next president of the European Central Bank (ECB), after the region’s finance ministers for(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald: came in for general criticism for a number of incidents in the past year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A Sinn Féin review into its poor performance in the local and European elections has found the party needs to significantly improve how it communicate(...)

Greece’s new prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, with his predecessor Alexis Tsipras on Monday. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Greece’s outgoing prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, has handed over power to Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a former banker who navigated the centre-right New Dem(...)

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