European Council president Charles Michel  during following an EU-Japan videoconference summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Francisco Seco/AFP via Getty Images

Little noticed perhaps this week was a meeting between the Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and the leaders of the European Union. It took place as (...)

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: “I’m still determined but I’m not optimistic, given the incomprehension on the British side of the conditions of access to our market.” Photograph: Francois Lenoir/EPA

There was little progress in this week’s round of negotiations on the future trade relationship between Britain and the European Union, leaving chief (...)

Lead negotiators Michel Barnier (above) and David Frost held their first official meeting over video on Wednesday. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP Photo

British and European Union negotiators plan to hash out a post-Brexit trade deal by video conference in rounds of talks starting next week, the two te(...)

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

British and European Union negotiators are to reconvene on Wednesday to try to salvage Brexit talks after an already tight schedule to agree a deal wa(...)

Vials containing solution for the testing of the Covid-19 virus. The death toll from the virus has continued to rise as the pandemic tightens its grip on Europe. Photograph: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

Trade chiefs of the world’s 20 largest economies (G20) pledged to try to keep supply chains open as the world fights to contain the coronavirus pandem(...)

A coronavirus  warning notice  at the European Council, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Brexit talks scheduled this week between European Union and United Kingdom negotiators will not go ahead to to the Covid-19 pandemic, a UK government (...)

Bank of Ireland has pencilled in 3%   consumer spending growth this year, easing to 2.8%  in 2021 as employment levels and wages continue to rise.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Irish economic activity may be dampened in the near term as households and businesses rein in spending amid uncertainty caused by the inconclusive gen(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen:  held a bilateral meeting with US president Donald Trump at the Alpine resort of Davos on Tuesday. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen have vowed to press ahead quickly to reach a trade deal and ease tens(...)

A worker loading palm oil fruits onto a truck at a plantation in the Nagan Raya district in Aceh province.  Indonesia has filed a WTO lawsuit against the EU over plans to phase out palm oil-based biofuel for cars, the trade ministry said. Photograph:   CHAIDEER MAHYUDDIN/AFP via Getty Images

Indonesia has filed a lawsuit at the World Trade Organization (WTO) against the European Union, claiming the bloc’s restrictions on palm oil-based bio(...)

EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan: ‘It is unacceptable that the EU cannot enforce its rights through adjudication’. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP

The EU’s trade policy chief has vowed that Brussels will still be able to hit other countries’ exports with punitive tariffs despite the partial colla(...)

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