Frans Timmermans

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Demonstrators in front of the parliament building in Warsaw on Tuesday. The poster roughly translates as “Over the corps to the cell”. Photograph: Agencja Gazeta/Kuba Atys/via Reuters

The leader of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, has told opposition protesters, including politicians occupying parliam(...)

The ministry for foreign affairs confirmed that over the past five years it has received 26 complaints of exploitation of domestic staff. Photograph: Getty Images

There’s nothing like the power of advertising. Think diplomats, for instance, and into our minds pops the old Ferrero Rocher advertisement with that p(...)

Poland has been given three months by the European Commission to put its legal house in order by restoring the independence of its judiciary. The mile(...)

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans:   “Our fundamental concerns are still unresolved.” Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The European Commission increased pressure on the Polish government to ensure the independence of its court system on Wednesday, as it gave Poland thr(...)

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness is one of 12 vice-presidents of the European Union. Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The European Commission held its final meeting of commissioners before the summer break yesterday, as the EU prepared for its annual August wind-down.(...)

A “Leave” campaigner and a supporter of “Remain” during demonstrations over the Brexit vote in London, July 2, 2016. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

In March 1972 fate decreed that I should go to an English school. Not by choice, but by necessity. The French school in Rome did not accept new pupils(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini: aim of the plan is to “save lives in the Mediterranean”. Photograph:  Vincent Kessler

The European Union is to spend up to €8 billion over the next five years to help non-EU countries tackle migration, in what has been hailed as a “new(...)

Frans Timmermans, deputy head of the European Commission, with  Poland’s prime minister Beata Szydlo in Warsaw last week. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

The EU executive has given Poland an official warning that changes to its constitutional court endanger the rule of law in the country. Frans Timmerm(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel with Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu after visiting a refugee camp in Turkey late last month. Photograph: Steffen Kugler/EPA

The announcement by the European Commission that it has provisionally backed visa-free travel for Turkish citizens marks the latest stage in the EU’s (...)

European Commission First vice president Frans Timmermans said since the EU-Turkey migration deal had come into effect, the number of migrants arriving to Greece had fallen to less than 100 per day. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The European Commission has recommended that visa requirements should be lifted for Turkish citizens visiting the EU’s Schengen area by June, as it ha(...)

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