Frans Timmermans

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Forensic experts walk near the remains of the car of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in Bidnija, Malta.  Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

The son of the investigative journalist killed in a car bombing on Monday has said his mother was killed because she stood up for the rule of law in M(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán: will write to the European Commission to request payment towards fences. Photograph: Akos Stiller/Bloomberg

Hungary and Poland are refusing to give ground in disputes with the European Union that have deepened divisions in the bloc and exposed disagreement a(...)

Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo: said her government was open to discussions. Photograph: Balazs Mohai/EPA

Poland has been given a month to address the “grave concerns” of fellow EU member states over its controversial judicial reform. Although Polish pres(...)

Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the chairman of the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), attends a parliamentary session in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Agencja Gazeta/Slawomir Kaminski/via Reuters

Polish political leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has weighed into the bitter standoff over his country’s court reforms, using an emotional late-night parlia(...)

People shout slogans against Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s government in front of the parliament building in Budapest on Wednesday night. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Hungary’s populist government has suggested it may be willing to compromise in a high-profile standoff with Budapest’s renowned Central European Univ(...)

Migrants, who were part of a group intercepted aboard a dinghy off the coast in the Mediterranean sea, after arriving on a rescue boat at a port in Malaga, southern Spain. Photograph: Reuters

European countries have accepted less than 10 per cent of the 160,000 refugees they promised to move to safety from unsanitary and cramped camps in It(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: “This is not a technological issue. It is a political issue.” Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted in the Dáil that he would not “stand or sign for anything to do with borders of the past”. During a series of quest(...)

Children hold balloons in the colours of the Romanian flag as people protest against the government’s contentious corruption decree in Bucharest, Romania.  Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Romania’s government has scrapped an emergency decree to soften anti-corruption legislation, which sparked the country’s biggest protests since its 1(...)

Protesters gather in front of government headquarters in Bucharest, Romania: More than 250,000 people took to the streets on Wednesday to voice disapproval of a decree decriminalising a number of graft offences. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

More than 250,000 Romanians demonstrated on Wednesday against a government decree decriminalising some graft offences, seen as the biggest retreat on (...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans: “Everybody can talk to everyone, but you can only sign a trade agreement with a third country once you have left the EU.” File photograph: Getty Images

Britain can discuss but not seal bilateral trade deals while it remains a member of the European Union, the deputy head of the bloc’s executive, which(...)

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