Manfred Weber, leader of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament: “In the next weeks, there are tough decisions to make,” Mr Weber said ahead of his meeting with British prime minister Theresa May on Tuesday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Any new technical or electronic checks on trade after Brexit must be at ports and airports and not on the Border, the leader of the European People’s (...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald (right) with Liadh Ní Riada MEP (centre), who will be the party’s candidate in the presidential election, and deputy leader Michelle O’Neill. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Liadh Ní Riada, confirmed today as Sinn Féin’s candidate for the presidency, joined the party in 2011, just three years before winning a seat in the E(...)

In his final state of the union speech as European Commission president, Jena-Claude Juncker set out 18 new ideas – many of which seemed like direct retorts to the EU’s critics. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Claude Juncker didn’t explicitly mention Hungary in his state of the union speech in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Nor did he deal at any length with (...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: many supposed allies in the European People’s Party voted to condemn his hard-line policies. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The Czech Republic and Poland have backed Hungary after the European Parliament launched disciplinary proceedings against Budapest for threatening de(...)

Matteo Salvini: observers suggest he could easily be prevailed on to stand for the presidency of the European Commission. Photograph: Massimo Percossi/EPA

With elections to the European Parliament looming in May 2019, the plenary this week in Strasbourg, the beginning of the last session before MEPs face(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Hungary’s Viktor Orbán suffered a stinging rebuke from his European political allies on Wednesday when the EU’s parliament voted for the first time to(...)

The EU Parliament rapporteur on copyright,  Axel Voss,  celebrates after a vote on modifications to EU copyright reforms during a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The European Parliament has endorsed Commission proposals to reform copyright rules for the digital age following a massive lobbying campaign that saw(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker delivering his state of the union speech at the European Parliament on Wednesday. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The EU will continue to stand by Ireland in the Brexit process in defence of the Belfast Agreement “in all its elements”, the president of the Europea(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The European Union should scrap national vetoes on tax, EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday. In his annual state-of-the-union ad(...)

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban   at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The government in Budapest is accused of  multiple breaches of the rule of law, corruption,  discrimination against minorities, and its refusal to take in migrants. Photograph: EPA/Patrick Seeger

Hungary will not be blackmailed by MEPs, prime minister Viktor Orban told a heated European Parliament debate on Tuesday, adding that “if necessary we(...)

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