Incoming European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen  with outgoing president Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a lunch meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo

The incoming European Commission will be close to gender-balanced for the first time in its history. President-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Monday li(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives on Sunday for a European Council summit on filling the top EU institution jobs, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

EU leaders will meet again in Brussels this morning in an attempt to break the deadlock over filling the union’s top jobs for the next five years, aft(...)

Leo Varadkar’s name would not have been publicly floated for top EU post without his tacit consent. File photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

Senior Fine Gael sources have dismissed the idea that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar could become the next president of the European Commission, echoing scept(...)

Laura Codruta Kovesi, Romania’s former chief anti-corruption prosecutor and thorn in the side of the government, was forced out of her job last year by the justice minister. Photograph: Daniel Mihailesdu/AFP/Getty Images

When EU leaders met this month in Sibiu, Romania, to cast the future of a post-Brexit EU in as positive light as possible, there was a subtext to the (...)

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/File Photo/Reuters

Unless it mends its ways, Romania is set to become the third EU member state, alongside Hungary and Poland, to face disciplinary proceedings for breac(...)

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans: EU must strengthen its “toolbox for tackling the erosion in member states of the rule of law”.  Photograph: Francois Lenoir

Stepping up its campaign against the erosion of the rule of law in member states, the European Commission has initiated new infringement proceedings a(...)

Frans Timmermans: “The independence of the judiciary is essential for the functioning of the EU as a community of law.” Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/AFP/Getty Images

Prompted by the opening of EU court infringement proceedings, Poland has accelerated rather than reconsidered its controversial court reform, European(...)

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban   at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The government in Budapest is accused of  multiple breaches of the rule of law, corruption,  discrimination against minorities, and its refusal to take in migrants. Photograph: EPA/Patrick Seeger

Hungary will not be blackmailed by MEPs, prime minister Viktor Orban told a heated European Parliament debate on Tuesday, adding that “if necessary we(...)

Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly of the High Court has asked the European Court of Justice to determine whether changes to the judicial system in Poland have undermined its ability to give a Polish national a fair trial. Photograph: Alan Betson

Artur Celmer will not be in the court today. He’s still in an Irish jail awaiting the deliberations of the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the Eu(...)

 Protesters in front of parliament in Bucharest. Thousands gathered to protest against the changes to the judiciary system pushed in parliament by the leftist ruling party Social Democracy Party. Photograph: Robert Ghement

Romania has joined the ranks of EU member states at loggerheads with the European Commission over its adherence to the rule of law. President Jean Cl(...)

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