Micheál Martin: ‘Aware of the difficulties’ on issues such as fisheries. Photograph: Bloomberg

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has resumed post-Brexit trade deal negotiations with British counterpart David Frost while noting that the bloc “is(...)

Customers sitting in their cars receiving goods at a drive-in Christmas market during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic in Landshut, Germany. Photograph: Getty

Governments around Europe are wrestling with the difficulty of how to balance the Christmas season with the need to keep the spread of Covid-19 in che(...)

Belgium, France and the Netherlands have called on the European Commission to accelerate contingency planning for the possibility that a Brexit trade deal cannot be struck. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty

Belgium, France and the Netherlands have called on the European Commission to accelerate contingency planning for the possibility that a deal cannot b(...)

An October 1st photograph of newly appointed foreign affairs minister Sophie Wilmès. Photograph: HATIM KAGHAT/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

Belgian foreign minister and deputy prime minister Sophie Wilmès (45) has been admitted to intensive care suffering from Covid-19 amid a surge in infe(...)

Chocolate shop in Antwerp: Belgium has shut its bars and restaurants, and imposed a midnight curfew. Photograph: Virginia Mayo

Belgium shut its bars and restaurants and imposed a midnight curfew for citizens on Monday as the country faced a “tsunami” of infections the governme(...)

People in face masks on Garibaldi street, Turin, northern Italy. Photograph: Tino Romano/EPA.

London and Paris are facing more curbs on public life from Saturday and Belgium will close bars and restaurants for a month in Europe’s escalating eff(...)

Poland’s finance minister Teresa Czerwinska and Czech Republic finance minister Alena Schillerova ahead of the Ecofin meeting. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

EU attempts to tax the digital giants were laid to rest by EU finance ministers at their Ecofin meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. They agreed to freeze(...)