Donald Tusk

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“With friends like that, who needs enemies?” Donald Tusk’s brutally frank question to European Union leaders at their summit in Sofia last week referr(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State  Helen McEntee meeting British PM Theresa May and her chief of staff Gavin Barwell  in Sofia. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP.

Theresa May has set out in broad outline to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar long-awaited new British proposals on post-Brexit customs arrangements. The Britis(...)

Former diplomat Ray Bassett has told a meeting at Westminster that the Government and the EU should drop their demand for a backstop agreement on the Border ahead of next month’s European Union summit in Brussels. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former Irish diplomat Ray Bassett has told a meeting at Westminster that the Government and the EU should drop their demand for a backstop agreement o(...)

EU-Western Balkans summit:   German chancellor Angela Merkel, Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borissov, French president Emmanuel Macron and British prime minister Theresa May, in the second row. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump was the ghost at the feast. As EU leaders munched their way through the shopska salad and other Bulagarian fare – surely some Rakia was d(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk during a media conference prior to an EU-western Balkans in Sofia, Bulgaria. Trump “has made us realise that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm”. Photograph:  Virginia Mayo/AP

The threat posed by Donald Trump’s administration has been likened to that of China and Russia by Donald Tusk as he condemned the US’s withdrawal from(...)

Theresa May, British prime minister, speaks at Downing Street in London, Britain. Photograph: Neil Hall/Pool via Bloomberg

Awkward conversations across tables in Brussels have become normal in Brexit talks so Wednesday’s meeting between the EU’s deputy chief negotiator Sab(...)

European Council President Donald Tusk before his speech at the European Parliament on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The UK has again been warned by the EU that unless it comes up with a solution that avoids a hard Border on the island of Ireland, both arrangements f(...)

Surface-to-air missile defences light up the sky over Damascus during  US-led air strikes on Syria. Photograph: AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

The EU’s unequivocal support for Saturday’s missile strikes on Syria is likely to be somewhat muted on Monday when foreign ministers meet in Luxembour(...)

 British secretary of state for exiting the European Union David Davies: his incorrect remarks prompted  Simon Coveney to describe them as “way off the mark” and “nonsense”, before suggesting he might visit Dublin to learn about Irish politics.   Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

UK Brexit secretary David Davis managed to drop two clangers in the one sentence this week, drawing more ridicule and feeding fears that Britain is si(...)

The President of the European Council Donald Tusk told UCD Law Society students that he was a fan of Conor McGregor. Photograph: PA

Thousands of people are looking to a post-Brexit future for the Northern Ireland peace process with “concern and anxiety”, European Council president (...)

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