Boris Johnson: For a politician about to reach the high office –  nobody appears to trust a word he says. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Senior figures in the Irish Government no longer wonder about whether they will be faced with Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt as the next British prime m(...)

New secretary-general of the commission Martin Selmayr has come under fresh attack after suggesting tripling the “transition allowance” for commissioners after they leave office. Under the reported plans officials could receive €13,500 per month for up to five years, an office in the commission, and an official car with a driver and two assistants. Photograph: EPA

Returning to Brussels as a correspondent last summer after nearly two decades away I met for dinner an old friend who had risen through the ranks of t(...)

The EU’s new top civil servant Martin Selmayr arrives for a meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The appointment last week of the EU’s new top civil servant by means that could best be described as sleight of hand has provoked uproar in the usuall(...)

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault says  Boris Johnson ‘told a lot of lies to the British people’ during the Brexit campaign.

Britain’s new foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, is a liar with his back against the wall, his French counterpart has said. Jean-Marc Ayrault, who met(...)