Boris Johnson bumps elbows with Angela Merkel. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA/Bloomberg

When Angela Merkel made her farewell visit to Britain this month, Boris Johnson pulled out all the stops in the diplomatic organ, laying on a visit to(...)

A handout image issued by the European Space Agency (ESA) of deforestation in Bolivia seen from a satellite. Record amounts of CO2 continue to be pumped into the atmosphere every year so record global temperatures following in tandem should not be a surprise.  Photograph: ESA/PA Wire.

The science is clear: What the world needs to do to confront a rapidly unfolding climate crisis is to halve carbon emissions by 2030, reach net-zero b(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy and Michel Barnier in 2009. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty

In 2009 Nicolas Sarkozy dispatched his agriculture minister, Michel Barnier, to the European Commission. It was an elegant manoeuvre that suited both (...)

In her first state-of-the-union speech as European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen sought to position the EU as a global player. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Ursula von der Leyen’s channelling of Margaret Thatcher – “Britain does not break treaties. It would be bad for Britain, bad for relations with the re(...)

Former EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan: There is a perception he opted to fight himself into a corner rather than coming clean early and possibly keeping his job. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Ireland’s former commissioner Phil Hogan had to resign because he destroyed trust with his boss, commission president Ursula von der Leyen, by holding(...)

During his time in Brussels, Phil Hogan used his well-honed political skills to develop important contacts with a range of individuals that further enhanced his reputation as a smart political operator. File photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Given the heights to which Phil Hogan has soared in Irish and EU politics over a lengthy and sometimes colourful career, it was inevitable that any fa(...)

In January 2010, two Irish businessmen secured a 20-year contract to turn Nigeria’s vast gas reserves into power. But the government never built a pro(...)

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen takes part in a video conference with other EU leaders.

Ursula von der Leyen delivered a stark message to the EU’s commissioners on Thursday evening at their first in-person meeting for many weeks. She told(...)

Polls show Ireland’s voters retain the most positive image in the EU of the EU. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP

In 1975, only two years after Ireland, the UK and Denmark joined the then European Economic Community (EEC), Garret FitzGerald, minister for foreign a(...)

Executive vice-president of the European Commission Frans Timmermans (L) and EU Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius (R). Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA

Britain has been unnecessarily damaged by Brexit and “more will follow”, the vice-president of the European Commission has written in a “love letter” (...)

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