European Commission president Jean-Claude Junker. The commission communication to be released this week outlines a “road map” to gradually phasing out tax vetoes.  Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

Brussels will this week propose extending majority voting to all EU tax policies by the end of 2020, a highly contentious move to scrap national veto(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

A rousing rendition of Ode to Joy in Bucharest’s spectacular domed Athenaeum concert hall ushered in Romania’s first EU presidency on Thursday night. (...)

After months during which the fronts on both sides of the Commons chamber seemed frozen, some MPs are beginning to shift position. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire

After last month’s European Council meeting in Brussels, some EU leaders and senior officials complained that Theresa May was asking them to resolve h(...)

 US president Donald  Trump and Chinese president Xi Jinping. The Wall Street Journal has reported that trade differences have narrowed between the two sides.  Photograph:  EPA/Roman Pilipey

Trade negotiations between China and the United States have been extended for an extra day amid signs of progress between the sides. Negotiations in B(...)

 British prime minister Theresa May is seeking to gather support for her Withdrawal Agreement ahead of a crucial vote. Photograph: Reuters

British prime minister Theresa May will continue efforts to win over Tory critics of her Brexit deal as MPs return to Westminster next week, but both (...)

Euro sign in Frankfurt: the euro is the currency of choice in some 36 per cent of international payments to the dollar’s 40 per cent. Photograph: Bernd Kammerer

The battle for international dominance between the dollar and the euro has been one that has lain dormant for much of the single currency’s 20-year ex(...)

The phone call between British prime minister Theresa May and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker was described by Brussels as “friendly”. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Theresa May has spoken to Jean-Claude Juncker as part of her effort to obtain further written reassurances that the Irish Border backstop in her Brexi(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: the  European Commission president supported the new moves on tax policy in his state of the union speech last September. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

The European Commission is pressing ahead with developing a plan to end national vetoes in some decisions on tax policy, a move which the Republic is (...)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker attends a news conference earlier this month in Brussels. File photograph: Reuters

Jean-Claude Juncker has called on the United Kingdom to “get your act together” over Brexit, branding some Britons “entirely unreasonable” for expecti(...)

Romanian Social Democrat Party leader Liviu Dragnea and Romania’s prime minister, Viorica Dancila. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescuu/AFP/Getty Images

As the European Union braces for what is likely to be a tumultuous year, its presidency has passed to a country that is enduring turbulent times of it(...)

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