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German chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez at a press conference in southern Spain. Photograph: A Carrasco Ragel/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel has returned from her summer holiday, picking up where she left off: demanding far-reaching reform of the EU’s so-called Dubl(...)

Römerberg square in Frankfurt, where reconstructed medieval houses and buildings complementary to the historical streetscape replaced a 1970s block. Photograph: Horacio Villalobos/Corbis via Getty Images

With “Just” and “Married” signs stuck to their backs, Tobias and Stephan are celebrating their wedding in Frankfurt with an unconventional cycling tou(...)

Élysée senior security officer Alexandre Benalla stands next to French president Emmanuel Macron during a visit to the Paris International Agricultural Show (Salon de l’Agriculture) in February. File photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Monarchic excess, autocratic drift, impunity, favouring the rich, cronyism, control freakery, parallel police, out of touch. These are but some of the(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, will meet Mr Trump in Washington on Wednesday, in a meeting that EU officials said would be aimed at “de-escalating” tensions by exploring “various avenues” for trade talks.

Brussels will make a last-ditch attempt to convince Donald Trump not to go ahead with punitive tariffs on the EU car sector, even as hopes diminish th(...)

Helsinki handshake: Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Finland on Monday. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

There is a scene in Shattered, Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes’s book about Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, that describes the feeling inside (...)

Nato and trade: President Trump’s increasing demands have shown the true resilience of the European Union.  Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty

“The times in which we could rely fully on others – they are somewhat over,” Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, reflected ruefully after Donald Trum(...)

Pipe sections for  Nord Stream 2: Gazprom  plans to open the taps at the Russian end of the 1,200km-long pipeline in late 2019. Photograph: Jens Köhler/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Lubmin is a picturesque resort on Germany’s Baltic Sea coast that boasts a long stretch of sandy beach bordered by soft dunes and a lush pine forest. (...)

The European commission proposed a 3 per cent tax on revenues in March from Apple, Facebook, Google and other companies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Austria is stepping up plans for an EU-wide digital tax on big tech companies such as Apple and Google, despite opposition from within the bloc. Hart(...)

US president Donald Trump arrives in Helsinki on the eve of his summit with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump landed in Helsinki on Sunday night for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, hours after branding the European Un(...)

US President Donald Trump chats with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11th, 2017. Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images.

The forthcoming summit between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki is making many in the transatlantic alliance(...)

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