Ann Derwin moves to Beijing at a critical time in relations between the countries when the supply of personal protective equipment from Chinese manufacturers is essential to the State’s fight against Covid-19 and as China becomes a more important trading partner and destination for exports. Above, a shipment of PPE arrives from China to Dublin Airport. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Former vet and one-time chief economist at the Department of Agriculture Ann Derwin is to become Ireland’s next ambassador to China. Ms Derwin, who (...)

 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(...)

‘Unfortunately, some [businesses] will react by postponing any preparations.’ Photograph: Revenue

Businesses will be reluctant to recruit staff for Brexit because of the uncertainty around the timing of the UK’s departure despite last week’s six-mo(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and finance minister Olaf Scholz. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Some EU finance ministers have given short shrift to proposals from the European Commission to end unanimity voting on taxation. The ministers, meeti(...)

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier  with DUP leader Arlene Foster (right), and DUP MEP Diane Dodds  at the European Commission in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/ via AP

DUP leader Arlene Foster has reiterated to EU Brexit negotiators that her party rejects any form of barrier to trade between Northern Ireland and Brit(...)

Brexit campaigner Jacob Rees-Mogg: “I have consistently said this is about changing the policy, not the prime minister.” File photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Leading Tory eurosceptic MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has called on prime minister Theresa May to repudiate the December agreement with the EU on the Northern I(...)

Rory Montgomery: regarded as the “intellectual powerhouse on all things European”.

Most Thursday mornings they meet in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at Iveagh House on Dublin’s St Stephen’s Green. There are no green jer(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar holds a press  conference in Dublin on Friday morning after the European Commission announced that “sufficient progress” has been made in the first phase of Brexit talks. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Relief was already a welcome guest at the table as the Cabinet sat down for its Christmas dinner in the National Gallery, next door to Leinster House,(...)

Catherine Day, secretary general European Commission, told a media seminar in Dublin that the British were not yet ready to negotiate the UK’s departure from the EU. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Britain’s political negotiators on Brexit are only understanding “very late in the day” how the European Union works, a senior adviser to European Com(...)

Catherine Day: recently retired as European Commission secretary general.   Photograph: Alan Betson

The European Commission will ensure 40 per cent of its management positions are occupied by women within the next four years, EC vice-president (...)

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