Chinese president Xi Jinping during a welcome ceremony prior to a meeting with Prince Albert II of Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on Sunday. This is the first official visit of Chinese president to Monaco. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

‘China is, simultaneously... a co-operation partner with whom the EU has closely aligned objectives, a negotiating partner with whom the EU needs to f(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with French president Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace last week. Macron has championed reform of the EU Posted Worker Directive as part of his plans to change French labour laws. Photograph: Kamil Zihnioglu/AP

The political battle over social and market priorities in the European Union took a significant turn last week when social affairs ministers agreed a (...)

“For the UK to concede a separate deal for Northern Ireland with Brussels would endanger Westminster sovereignty, notwithstanding Theresa May’s undertaking to involve the UK’s three devolved territories in the Brexit negotiations.” Illustration: The Irish Times

As Ireland contemplates the effects of Brexit, discussion is turning to how the Border can be kept open and whether that will be compatible with Europ(...)