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European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen gives her state of the union speech in Brussels. Photograph:  John Thys/AFP via Getty

Wednesday was Ursula von der Leyen’s moment to set out her vision for the European Union and how it could emerge from the coronavirus pandemic fit for(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban during a plenary session in Budapest. Photograph: Tamas Kovacs/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Hungary is no longer a democracy as a consequence of power grabs by the authoritarian government of prime minister Viktor Orban, an NGO that tracks fr(...)

 A boy waves the EU flag during a demonstration   against Brexit, in London on Saturday  as members of parliament sat  to debate and vote on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s final Brexit deal. Photograph: Vickie Flores/EPA

EU member states will wait a few days to see what happens in London before they decide whether to grant the UK another extension or decide how long it(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said a deal was likely to pass in Westminster. File photograph: Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Pool via Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he believes it is “more likely than unlikely” the House of Commons will pass a Brexit deal. He also said the risk of (...)

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, reiterated gloomily that there is “no reason today for optimism” in the Brexit talks. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP Photo

We are once again in the Brexit “the ball’s in London’s court” mode. Supreme court, in this case. And in Brussels we watch and wait in a strange limb(...)

The Irish Government will continue to insist on the idea of regulations staying the same in the North and South as part of the backstop. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

We are all caught up in the fuss about whether there is going to be a no-deal Brexit and, if so, when it might happen. And this is vital for our short(...)

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel gestures during a news conference after his meeting with Boris Johnson. Photograph: Reuters

You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry. UK prime minister Boris Johnson likened himself and the UK to the Incredible Hulk this week in their collective(...)

 President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen: has displayed a deft tough, but the name of her new migration brief appears bizarre. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Ursula von der Leyen – or VDL as she is being known – has demonstrated, even before assuming office as European Commission president, quite a def(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the plenary of the European Parliament on Britain’s withdrawal from the EU during Brexit  debate  at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/PA

British opposition MEPs strongly appealed to the European Parliament and Council on Wednesday to “give us time” by granting another Brexit extension. (...)

Protestors hold signs as British prime minister Boris Johnson and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker have a working lunch. Photograph: Joshua Sammer/Getty Images

Talks in Luxembourg between Boris Johnson and Jean Claude Juncker failed to make any ground on the central challenge of the Northern Ireland backstop (...)

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