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Former taoiseach Enda Kenny at NUI Galway  where he was conferred with an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the National University of Ireland. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will not be standing for the Dáil again, and dismissed the prospect of taking on some senior positions in the (...)

Theresa May:  One of the more astonishing aspects of the Brexit process is the persistence with which the UK government keeps negotiating with itself rather than Brussels. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

According to the tabloids and the headbanger wing of the Tory party, to voice doubt about the wisdom of Brexit is akin to treason. Judges and anyone e(...)

Catalan separatist flags are held up as fireworks go off in Sant Jaume Square in front of the Catalan regional government headquarters during celebratrions after the Catalan regional parliament declared independence from Spain in Barcelona. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The Spanish government has this evening dissolved Catalonia’s cabinet after the region voted earlier today for independence from Madrid, prime ministe(...)

Franco-Irish alliance: Emmanuel Macron and Leo Varadkar at the Élysée Palace. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

When Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Emmanuel Macron met at the Élysée Palace this week they congratulated each other and themselves for taking o(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk during  a debate on the outcome of last week’s European summit at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

In the latest iteration of the now familiar “the ball is in your court” series of Brexit exchanges, European Council president Donald Tusk has told th(...)

Leo Varadkar clashed with Macron in the council discussion over a potential digital tax, a proposal yet to be formulated by the Commission, but one much desired by the French. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

“They’re in there on their own,” laughs one diplomat. “It terrifies the officials.” Talk to anyone who has been leader of a country, or read their me(...)

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: there is deep concern over the autocratic leanings of his government and that  Turkey is “no longer on a European path”. Photograph: Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool

In two days, the 28 EU leaders at their Brussels summit covered a wide range of internal and external issues, well beyond the press obsession with Bre(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron speaks to reporters  at the end of the EU leaders’ summit at the building Council of the EU, in Brussels on Friday, 2017. Photograph: AFP

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday the work required to settle Britain’s financial obligations to the EU when it leaves was not even half(...)

Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Developmenton, said: “What becomes more obvious day-by-day is that the Brexiteers are hooked on brinkmanship – and have been since the beginning”. File photograph: Alan Betson

Britain’s so-called Brexiteers are “hooked on brinkmanship” and their only approach is “the tough-guy approach”, Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan (...)

Shadow Brexit secretary  Keir Starmer: says that Theresa May is sending out a confused message on Brexit because the Conservative party is so divided on the issue. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Any other time but now, a former Conservative chancellor calling for the current Conservative chancellor to be sacked would be news. But when Nigel La(...)

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