Phil Hogan briefs Irish journalists on Brexit at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Ray Ryan.

Phil Hogan’s nomination as the next EU trade commissioner by incoming commission president Ursula von der Leyen marks the culmination of remarkable ca(...)

Incoming European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen  with outgoing president Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a lunch meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo

The incoming European Commission will be close to gender-balanced for the first time in its history. President-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Monday li(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘I want a deal. We’re ready to work with our friends and partners to get a deal, but if you want a good deal for the UK, you must simultaneously get ready to come out without one.’ Photograph: Simon Dawson/Pool/EPA

Prime minister Boris Johnson has told Taoiseach Leo Varadkar the Common Travel Area between Britain and Ireland will not be affected by the ending of (...)

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson: A meeting between the two leaders is not expected until after the next G7 summit. Photographs: Francois Lenoir/Reuters and Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

A planned meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Boris Johnson will give both sides an opportunity to “gain a better unders(...)

 British prime minister Boris Johnson: brutal cabinet purge and appointments signal his determination to get a grip on the machinery of government. Photograph: Simon Dawson

Boris Johnson’s first week as prime minister has shown his strengths as a politician, as he brought vigour and focus to a government that has been lis(...)

Boris Johnson holds his first cabinet meeting at Downing Street. Photograph: Aaron Chown/Pool via Reuters

Boris Johnson has reiterated his demand for the Northern Ireland backstop to be eliminated, telling MPs he will only negotiate with the European Union(...)

Leo Varadkar: hopes Mr Johnson ‘proves to be true to his word as’ Theresa May was. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he wants to meet UK prime minister Boris Johnson “sooner rather than later” to discuss Brexit, but confirmed there had(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Tuesday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

European Union leaders were singing off the same hymn sheet following Boris Johnson’s election as Conservative Party leader – and the tune was unchan(...)

Newly elected European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: spoke of her desire to “move towards full co-decision power for the European Parliament and away from unanimity for climate, energy, social and taxation policies”. Photograph:  Frederick Florin

A clearly relieved Ursula von der Leyen was adamant after her election as European Commission president that, as the German expression has it, “a majo(...)

Ursula von der Leyen promises much more intensive dialogue with MEPs. Photograph: Getty

“It’s going to be a close call.” Ursula von der Leyen has no illusions about Tuesday’s vote in the European Parliament. The last 12 days has propelle(...)

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