US secretary of state Mike Pompeo  had blocked five state department officials from providing depositions to Congress. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

Two officials who were instructed by US secretary of state Mike Pompeo not to appear before Congress as part of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry are to (...)

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, speaks with Giuseppe Conte, Italy’s prime minister, after a press conference ahead of their dinner at the Palazzo Chigi in Rome. Photograph: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

French president Emmanuel Macron’s short trip to Rome on Wednesday night ended the 15 worst months in Franco-Italian relations in recent memory, and s(...)

A host of Brexit-exposed stocks recovered in Dublin as the House of Commons moved to stop Boris Johnson taking the UK out of the EU without a deal in just over seven weeks’ time

Parliamentary defeats for UK prime minister Boris Johnson and the formation of a new Italian government helped lift European shares on Wednesday. DUB(...)

Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio will be foreign minister in the new Italian government. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s president has given the green light to a new coalition government that is expected to be less confrontational towards the EU, pushing the anti(...)

Spanish migrant rescue vessel  Open Arms: anchored off Lampedusa, Italy, with 107 migrants and 19 crew members on board. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane

A boat carrying more than 100 undocumented migrants which has been waiting nearly three weeks to anchor in a European port, has rejected a Spanish off(...)

Rescued migrants sleep on the coast of Khoms, Libya. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Libya’s coast guard recovered dozens of bodies of Europe-bound migrants who perished at sea as search operations continued on Friday, a day after up t(...)

Investors are betting that Christine Lagarde’s nomination to be the next president of the European Central Bank will extend an era of ultra-loose monetary policy in the euro zone.

Irish long-term interest rates have hit a record low as the global bond market enjoyed a powerful rally on Wednesday. Investors are betting that Chris(...)

The Sea-Watch 3 charity ship’s German captain Carola Rackete being arrested by Italian police, in the Italian port of Lampedusa. Photograph: Anaelle Le Bouedec/AFP/Getty

Italian police have arrested the German captain of a migrant-rescue ship at the centre of a standoff with the Italian government, after she docked the(...)

 Ford Bridgend Engine plant in south Wales on the day it was confirmed the plant is to close next year. Photograph:  by Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty

The global auto industry is stalling. Falling demand, particularly in the all-important Chinese market is causing a slump in sales. The VW emissions (...)

Firefighters and police officers stand by the gutted remains of a bus in San Donato Milanese, near Milan, Italy.  Photograpgh: Daniele Bennati/ANSA via AP

A bus full of schoolchildren was hijacked and set on fire by its own driver on Wednesday in an apparent protest against migrant drownings in the Medit(...)

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