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Adrian O’Neill (left) shows a portrait of Séamus Heaney by artist Mark Baker to Britain’s Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as they attend a dinner to mark St Patrick’s Day and celebrate UK-Irish relations on March 6th, 2019 in London. File photograph:  Jeff Spicer/Getty

The Irish Ambassador to the United Kingdom has accused the Spectator magazine of publishing “snide and hostile” articles about Ireland. Adrian O’Nei(...)

The French connection. Macron and May meet  in Paris. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Image of the week: We meet again For health and safety reasons, this isn’t the photograph of the diplomatic kiss shared by Emmanuel Macron and Theres(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel: Brexiteers rail against Mrs May for accepting the extension but they also scent weakness on the EU side. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard

As European Union leaders debated the length of the Brexit extension to offer Theresa May in Brussels late on Wednesday night, they heard persuasive a(...)

Council president Donald  at a news conference following the EU  leaders’ summit in  Brussels.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

So what did it all mean, this long Brussels night? Britain got its extension, but are we any nearer a solution? Will everyone be back in October (...)

Taoiseach Minister Leo Varadkar  and French President Emmanuel Macron leave after a special EU summit on Brexit at the European Council in Brussels. Photograph Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

The first outcome of last night’s marathon European Council summit is the most important for Ireland: no crash-out Brexit tomorrow night. Amid the pr(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk, British prime minister Theresa May and German chancellor Angela Merkel talk at a meeting  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Leon Neal - Pool/Getty Images

Broad agreement that the UK would get an extension to article 50 of undetermined length, and that British prime minister Theresa May’s engagement with(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and British prime minister Theresa May in Paris: ratification of the withdrawal accord would be France’s “preferred scenario”. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

On Wednesday night, a vote at the European Council meeting in Brussels will determine whether the UK leaves the union in a no-deal Brexit on Friday or(...)

British prime minister Theresa May embraces chancellor Angela Merkel  in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

With amusement, impatience, and a nod to the surreal repetition of “Groundhog Day”, British prime minister Theresa May met chancellor Angela Merkel in(...)

Michel Barnier, EU chief Brexit negotiator, at Government Buildings speaking to media following meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It will be “dangerous” if British prime minister Theresa May requests an extension to the Brexit deadline without a clear plan on how to ratify the cu(...)

US president Donald Trump’s then adviser, Kellyanne Conway, provided a memorable example of post-truth in  2017 when she excused exaggeration of the numbers attending the president’s inauguration as “alternative facts”. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

Politics and truth never sat easily together, but the innovation of our post-truth era is that people have become indifferent to truth, says the Frenc(...)

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