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The euro is 20, a bit battered, but still the only game in the EU.

Like many people of 20, the European currency has experienced a traumatic adolescence. At some moments, many thought it would not reach this age of ma(...)

 Preparing for the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland,  which starts on Tuesday

Rising economic and trade tensions between the world’s major powers top the list of risks facing the globe, according to a report published ahead of t(...)

After months during which the fronts on both sides of the Commons chamber seemed frozen, some MPs are beginning to shift position. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire

After last month’s European Council meeting in Brussels, some EU leaders and senior officials complained that Theresa May was asking them to resolve h(...)

Demonstrators wave old Macedonian flags at a protest against a process of renaming the country North Macedonia. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP

Macedonia’s government hopes to secure final approval from the country’s parliament this week to change its name to North Macedonia, in a deal with Gr(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May on the BBC’s “The Andrew Marr Show”: said she would work to secure further assurances from EU leaders on the backstop to assuage members of her Conservative Party and the DUP. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout

A formal exchange of letters between the EU and the UK, stipulating that the Northern Ireland backstop will be temporary and superseded by a comprehen(...)

The phone call between British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker was described by Brussels as “friendly”. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Theresa May has spoken to Jean-Claude Juncker as part of her effort to obtain further written reassurances that the Irish Border backstop in her Brexi(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Their telephone call this week lasted for 40 minutes. Photograph: Getty Images

It was straight back down to business for German chancellor Angela Merkel this week as she requested a phone call with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to try a(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: data hacked includes information such as mobile phone numbers, photos of IDs and personal chat histories. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

Germany has sought assistance of Irish data protection officials and US intelligence after a “very, very serious” hack of digital communications of Ge(...)

A customer pays for a hot dog in Frankfurt at the start of  2002. The euro’s introduction is remembered as an unsentimental quid pro quo. Photograph: AP/Wolfram Steinberg

Germans are not known for public outbursts of emotion yet many get misty-eyed at the memory of the Deutschmark, which began its long goodbye 20 years (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to the media following the first Cabinet meeting of 2019 at Government Buildings, Dublin, on Thursday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

It would be “helpful” if European Union leaders knew what clarifications they could offer on the Brexit withdrawal agreement that would assist UK prim(...)

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