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

French president Emmanuel Macron is stretching his political philosophy of constructive ambiguity to the limit during the state visit of the Chinese p(...)

Manfred Weber has said few European countries want the UK to hold European Parliament elections if Brexit is subject to a long delay. Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

The German politician who is the favourite to become the next European Commission president has said few European countries want the UK to hold Europe(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) with other EU leaders at the European Council summit in Brussels. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Everything revolves around the leaders. The 28 heads of government who comprise the European Union’s highest decision-making body, the European Counci(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk embrace after a joint news conference in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The European Union is “prepared for the worst, but hopes for the best”, European Council president Donald Tusk has told a press conference at the conc(...)

The EPP, in its statement, cites a number of admirable “European values” to which it insists it will now require Fidesz to demonstrate its commitment. Anyone who thinks Fidesz leader Viktor Orbán will ever promote these values has not been listening to a word he has said over the last 10 years. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Wednesday’s decision by the European People’s Party (EPP) to suspend its Hungarian component, Fidesz, has been presented as a reassertion of the essen(...)

Leaders attend a European Union summit in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/Pool via Reuters

EU leaders have agreed an unconditional extension until April 12th to the UK Brexit negotiating process. Should British prime minister Theresa May s(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán gives a press conference at the end of the European People’s Party  assembly at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party has been suspended from its powerful conservative alliance in the EU after other parties in the centre-right group turne(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May speaking during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons in London. Photograph: HO/PRU/AFP Photo

British prime minister Theresa May has lashed out at MPs for failing to agree a way to implement Brexit. In a televised address from 10 Downing Stre(...)

DUP (leader Arlene Foster, above) ‘could have used its leverage in Westminster to design a Brexit that delivered unprecedented opportunities to Northern Ireland’  Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Is there a place in the western world worse served by its politicians than Northern Ireland? Last week’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll reflected a colo(...)

The Cabinet adjourned once more, with Ministers and officials – sustained by late-night sandwiches – gathering around televisions to watch the joint May-Juncker press conference. Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

As British prime minister Theresa May prepared to fly to Strasbourg to meet European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker on Monday, some in Taois(...)

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