European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker  and EU commissioner Gunther Oettinger during  a joint press conference  in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

The EU faces hard budget choices in responding to Brexit and the ambition of embracing new spending priorities such as dealing with immigration, commo(...)

MEPs vote on the future composition of the European Parliament after Brexit in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

With European Parliament elections just over a year away, MEPs have been in pre-election mode this week in Strasbourg preparing the ground for a UK-le(...)

Federica Mogherini: “The next months will be not only intense but also crucial to make sure that this historic and unique opportunity is seized.” Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The European Union has urged six Balkan states to seize their “historic” opportunity to join the bloc by overcoming major problems posed by crime and (...)

Europe of Freedom and Democracy event in the RDS, Dublin: Several people in the audience wore Trump-campaign Make America Great Again caps. Photograph: Bryan Meade

Luke O’Connor applauded and cheered with gusto and occasionally leapt to his feet during speeches at the Irexit conference for those opposed to Irelan(...)

Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister and founder of Forza Italia, on an Italian TV show in  January. Photograph: Getty Images

With his perfectly dyed dark hair and his ivory-white teeth glistening in the lights of the television studio, Silvio Berlusconi – the octogenarian co(...)

New Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila in the parliament in Bucharest on Monday. Photograph: Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via Reuters

Romania has its first female prime minister after deputies approved a new government led by Viorica Dancila, but she will face close EU scrutiny and (...)

 Protesters in front of parliament in Bucharest. Thousands gathered to protest against the changes to the judiciary system pushed in parliament by the leftist ruling party Social Democracy Party. Photograph: Robert Ghement

Romania has joined the ranks of EU member states at loggerheads with the European Commission over its adherence to the rule of law. President Jean Cl(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar debates  at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. File photograph: AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias

The State is set for a Brexit bonus of sorts after MEPs on Tuesday backed proposals to allocate two of the seats to be vacated by the UK in the Europe(...)

Brussels has proposed giving the European Court of Justice a big role in settling EU trade disputes with Switzerland in a move that could serve as a blueprint for a Brexit deal

Brussels has proposed giving the European Court of Justice a big role in settling EU trade disputes with Switzerland in a move that could serve as a b(...)

 EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier  and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar before a debate on the future of Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

All roads, they say, lead to Rome. But in Brussels these days, they lead unerringly to Brexit. Its consequences feed into and colour every debate, no(...)

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