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Nord Stream pipeline operator back in 2012: Nord Stream 2, a pipeline under the Baltic Sea, will double the gas Russia can deliver directly to Germany. Photograph: Olga Maltseva

Senior officials from the EU, Moscow and Kiev held talks on Monday over Ukraine’s future as a transit state for Russian gas, as the Kremlin’s role as (...)

Alternative für Deutschland politician Frank Magnitz was beaten over the head with an unidentified object by three men, police said. File photograph:  Fabian Sommer/AFP/Getty Images

A local leader of the Alternative für Deutschland party has been attacked and injured in the city of Bremen. Bremen police said they believe the atta(...)

German minister for foreign affairs Heiko Maas speaks at the  Global Ireland 2025: Making it Happen conference, at  Dublin Castle. Photograph: PA

The Government would not object to a request from London to delay Brexit should an extension be sought to avoid the UK leaving in a damaging no-deal s(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May on the BBC’s “The Andrew Marr Show”: said she would work to secure further assurances from EU leaders on the backstop to assuage members of her Conservative Party and the DUP. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/Handout

A formal exchange of letters between the EU and the UK, stipulating that the Northern Ireland backstop will be temporary and superseded by a comprehen(...)

James Mattis, US secretary of defence: his decision to quit  came after the US president Donald Trump confirmed he is ending all US military operations in Syria and Afghanistan. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Europe responded with a mixture of panic, disorientation and frantic steps to limit the damage after the resignation of US defence secretary James Mat(...)

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel noted that both British and EU officials had backed the draft Brexit deal. Photograph: AP

Berlin and other European capitals reacted with strained optimism on Thursday morning to news of cabinet backing for the Brexit deal. But that optimis(...)

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters while his plane refuels in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Leah Millis/Reuters

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said he is prepared to give Saudi Arabia more time to investigate the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as(...)

Right-wing protesters behind a row of police in Chemnitz on Saturday. Civil society and right-wing groups called for demonstrations after two refugees were arrested on suspicion of stabbing a man. Photograph: Martin Divisek

An anti-racism rock concert will be held on Monday in an east German town where there have been far-right protests and violence, as Germany’s foreign(...)

Simon Coveney: expected to stress Ireland’s desire for the closest possible relationship between the EU and the UK. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography

Progress on the shape of the future relationship between the EU and the UK in the coming weeks is the key to securing agreement on a legally binding b(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May visiting the Reece Group’s Armstrong Works in Newcastle. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/PA Wire

Theresa May has started a nationwide campaign to win support for her Chequers proposal on Brexit by telling engineering workers in northeast England t(...)

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