British prime minister Theresa May takes a seat as she arrives for a bilateral meeting with European Council president Donald Tusk during the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP/Getty Images

A two-day European Union summit in Brussels ended on an upbeat note Friday, with leaders expressing confidence that their next meeting in December wo(...)

Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan: there is deep concern over the autocratic leanings of his government and that  Turkey is “no longer on a European path”. Photograph: Presidency Press Service via AP, Pool

In two days, the 28 EU leaders at their Brussels summit covered a wide range of internal and external issues, well beyond the press obsession with Bre(...)

A man tries out TUI’s  “Destination U” prototype, a facial coding pod, developed by Realeyes, which uses emotional measurement technology to guide holidaymakers when selecting a travel destination. Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA

Image of the week: See this face The advertising world loves a spot of neuromarketing, so the only surprising thing about this “Destination U” protot(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker embraces British prime minister Theresa May after a meeting at EU headquarters in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

British prime minister Theresa May’s attempt to unblock stalled Brexit talks by travelling to Brussels to see European Commission president Jean-Claud(...)

Mervyn King, former governor of the Bank of England. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Former Bank of England chief Mervyn King has attacked the UK government’s handling of Brexit negotiations, warning it may already be too late to put i(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May is travelling to Brussels on Monday to have talks about Brexit with European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker. Photograph:  Dennis Adrian/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May travels to Brussels on Monday for talks over dinner with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker after de(...)

Boris Johnson arrived for talks in Luxembourg with his European Union peers on Monday

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said it was time to begin “serious negotiations” on Brexit, hours before Prime Minister Theresa May visits B(...)

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont (second left) takes part in a floral tribute in Barcelona on Sunday to mark the anniversary of the death of former Catalan regional president Lluís Companys, who was executed by Franco’s forces in 1940. Photograph: Marta Perez/EPA

Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is expected to clarify his recent secessionist declaration on Monday, with the threat of a drastic response by the(...)

Brexit secretary David Davis with Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the EU. Bereft of developments, creative colleagues in the British press have latched on to supposedly significant “angles”. Photograph: Bloomberg

The news machine, like nature, abhors a vacuum. In the absence of serious news, trivia, old news and rumour acquire status and currency they could nev(...)

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan   recently said he is “digging his heels in” to ensure the trade agreement does not allow for the import of lower quality beef into the EU. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

European Commission sources on Monday expressed confidence that it will be possible to conclude two major trade deals, with Mexico and the south Ameri(...)