Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: will formally appoint members of the council heading  the new organisation that will take over the academy of science’s 15 research institutes. Photograph:  Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/EPA

Hungary’s government is poised to tighten control over the country’s venerable academy of sciences, in what critics call another attack on academic fr(...)

 Brexit Party MEPs turn their backs during the European anthem ahead of the inaugural session at the European Parliament. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Nigel Farage and his Brexit Party MEPs turned their backs during the playing of the European anthem at a ceremony to mark the opening of the European (...)

This trade agreement will have a huge impact on prices, at a time when beef farmers here are already to the pin of their collars. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

What is the Mercosur deal? It is a trade agreement that will see, among other things, 99,000 tonnes of South American beef allowed into the European (...)

France’s President Emmanuel Macron during the summit in  Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Oliver Hoslet/EPA

An evening of last minute horse-trading and furious deal-making is in store in Brussels after an all-night meeting of EU leaders broke up without agre(...)

Gerry Adams: he has rejected suggestions he has sent a signal to Belfast that Mary Lou McDonald needs time, free of the demands for an immediate Border poll, to rebuild in the Republic

There are some lessons to be drawn from the Irish electoral experience of the past decade. The first is that there is a growing wedge of voters with (...)

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed: “The EU-Mercosur trade deal is a very comprehensive trade agreement, but one particular aspect of it, this agreement to allow the Mercosur countries supply 99,000 tonnes of beef into the EU market, is a very significant negative for us.” File photograph: Getty

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has refused to rule out Ireland voting against the new EU-Mercosur trade deal at the EU Council of Ministers. (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives at a state council meeting in Moscow on Wednesday. Photograph: Sputnik/Sergey Guneev/Kremlin via Reuters

Vladimir Putin has trumpeted the growth of national populist movements in Europe and America, crowing that liberalism is spent as an ideological force(...)

Mette Frederiksen of the Danish Social Democrats: has agreed to reverse some of the strict immigration curbs adopted by the outgoing centre-right government. Photograph: Mads Claus Rasmussen/Ritzau Scanpix

Mette Frederiksen is to become Denmark’s youngest prime minister after her Social Democratic party agreed to soften its anti-immigration stance and fo(...)

Independent TD Mick Wallace was a director of Wallace Calcio until resigning from the position in March 2016. Photograph: Eric Luke

A chain of Italian-style wine bars and restaurants co-owned by Wexford TD Mick Wallace made a profit of almost €83,000 last year, more than doubling i(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

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