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Croatia prime minister Andrej Plenkovic (right) looks on next to EU council president Charles Michel, during their meeting in Zagreb, Croatia  January 9th. Photograph:  Denis Lovrovic/AFP via Getty

Ireland is not alone among EU states preoccupied with borders dividing its people. What Brexit may yet do to the island, accession to the EU seven yea(...)

Croatian prime minister Andrej Plenkovic has outlined a “very intensive and dynamic” start to the country’s presidency of the EU. Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Croatia will take over the presidency of the European Union for the first time on January 1st, for a six-month stint that is likely to be dominated b(...)

European Council president Charles Michel, Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin, and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Francisco Seco/AP

EU leaders were claiming leadership of the global fight against climate change with the endorsement of a commitment to climate neutrality by 2050 afte(...)

European Council president Charles Michel: ‘We have a way of working in order to guarantee the unity of the European countries, to guarantee the transparency and to try to keep a close co-operation with the United Kingdom.’ Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP Photo

Leaders of the EU27 on Friday gave the go-ahead to European Council president Charles Michel to rapidly prepare a negotiating mandate for talks on the(...)

European Council President Charles Michel arrives at a meeting of the EU27 leaders on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA.

As “commitments” go it might appear somewhat half-hearted. “The European Council endorses the objective of achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050,” is(...)

 European Council president Charles Michel: wants to send a signal to the final sessions of the COP25 climate summit in Madrid of  EU willingness to provide global leadership on climate change. Photograph: Johanna Geron

Banquo, the celebrated “ghost at the feast” whose presence cast a pall of bad memories on the assembled guests, was at least at the feast. Boris John(...)

 Polish European affairs minister Konrad Szymanski in Brussels: “reforms” of the judiciary are seen as undermining Polish independence. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

Hungary and Poland were on Tuesday fighting a rearguard action on two fronts against fellow EU member states’ attempts to find ways of sanctioning bre(...)

 UN secretary general  António Guterres at a press conference during the first day of the UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain,  yesterday. Photograph: EPA/ZIPI

Ireland is short of where it needs to be in drastically cutting its carbon emissions, in light of a key global target set by the UN secretary general (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  at   Les Invalides monument in Paris where he stood to  attention by the coffins of  13 French soldiers killed in Mali. Photograph: AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool

The 29 members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) will celebrate its 70th anniversary in London on Tuesday and Wednesday, as the allianc(...)

Outgoing European Council president Donald Tusk: A good film, he joked, is one “that starts with an earthquake and builds up to a climax”. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

Donald Tusk channelled Alfred Hitchcock in his farewell to hundreds of European Council staff and journalists in the vast atrium of the Justus Lipsius(...)

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