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Nobel Prize-winning author Svetlana Alexievich at her apartment in Minsk. Ambassadors from several EU states gathered at her flat after she said unidentified men kept ringing her doorbell. Photograph: TUT.BY/AFP via Getty

Nobel Prize-winning Belarusian author Svetlana Alexievich has accused the country’s president Alexander Lukashenko of terrorising his opponents, as mo(...)

Is Phil Hogan, Ireland’s EU commissioner, and a central figure in both Brexit and global trade talks,  a public official “too big to fail”? File photograph: Olivier Matthys/Bloomberg

The 2008 financial crisis introduced the idea of banks “too big to fail”. No matter how irresponsible or the degree of insolvency, it was argued that (...)

Malgorzata Gersdorf holds a flower bouquet as she speaks to her supporters during her last day as supreme court president in Warsaw this week. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

As the embattled head of Poland’s supreme court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, retired last week at the end of her term, she gloomily responded to a question a(...)

Hungarian parliament votes through a law granting the government special powers ostensibly to combat coronavirus crisis. Photograph: MTI Zoltan Mathe/Pool via Reuters

How should Europe respond to the imposition of indefinite rule in Hungary by the decree of its firebrand nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban? Cr(...)

 Leo Varadkar and  Boris Johnson meet at Thornton Manor Hotel, on The Wirral, Cheshire. Photograph: PA

As the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union on Friday, here’s a look back at how we got there. January 1st, 1973: The United Kingdom, (...)

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(...)

Klaus Iohannis: a fierce critic of the PSD’s bid to weaken anti-graft laws and increase political control over Romania’s courts. Photograph: Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea

The European Union has welcomed the re-election of Romanian president Klaus Iohannis on pledges to fight corruption and work closely with the bloc, as(...)

 President-elect of the European Council Charles Michel  is welcomed by  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said Ireland’s contribution to the EU budget will rise “very significantly” when it is renegotiated. The 28 member states, 27 (...)

Back to the future; forward to the past – Brexit has a way of defying linear time. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

There are some fine and historic ditches in and around these islands: Offa’s Dyke that marks the old boundaries of England and Wales, the Black Pig’s (...)

Despite objections raised by the French government, a paper to be agreed on Monday circulated among member states suggests the EU will accede to the UK’s request for a further three-month delay. Photograph: iStock

The EU is ready to sign off on a Brexit extension to January 31st, 2020 with an option to leave earlier if a deal is ratified, according to a leaked d(...)

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