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(...)

Bank of America: it will announce its results on Wednesday

MONDAY Indicators: Irish construction PMI (Dec), exports and imports (Nov), balance of trade (Nov); euro zone balance of trade (Nov). Meetings: E-P(...)

Eirgrid’s interconnector project comprises a 400kV overhead line circuit linking an existing substation in Woodland, Co Meath, with a planned substation in Turleenan, Co Tyrone. Photograph: Getty

A High Court judge has dismissed a second legal challenge to the planned 138km north-south electricity interconnector. Mr Justice Max Barrett also re(...)

Tough job: EU Commissioner for budget Günther Oettinger. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

They fired the gun for the off on Monday in Brussels on a process that is at least as complex and divisive as Brexit, and one that will preoccupy and (...)

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