Former European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso: “The creativity of lawyers is boundless.” Photograph: Getty Images

Any attempt to “carve out” Northern Ireland from the UK leaving it under EU economic rules post-Brexit would be an “absolute deal breaker”, pro-Remain(...)

José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission at a press conference in Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson

The European Commission has come under renewed fire for mishandling the ethical issues raised by the move of José Manuel Barroso, its former president(...)

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi (centre) with European People’s Party president Manfred Weber (left), and president of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, in Rome this week. Photograph:  Ettore Ferrari/ANSA/AP

Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s 81-year-old media mogul, has sought to stamp his authority on his unruly centre-right coalition ahead of next weekend’s gen(...)

 Marine Le Pen,  leader of far-right Front National. She denounces dire forecasts as fear-mongering by her opponents. Photograph: Mathieu Cugnot/EPA

There will be no jubilant crowds waving blue-and-gold European flags and singing Beethoven’s Ode to Joy in French streets on Saturday to mark the 60th(...)

Mission to Mars: Donald Trump in a meeting with (far left) Tesla founder and chief Elon Musk. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Image of the week: Mission to Mars The man second from right is the president of the US, apparently – so they say – while the man on the far left is (...)

Web Summit co-founder Paddy Cosgrave  with Portugal’s prime minister Antonio Costa at the event’s start. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

The Web Summit kicked off its opening ceremony in Lisbon, but the event didn’t go without a hitch. While 3,000 people stood outside the MEO Arena wa(...)

  Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly  said that a number of issues arose from the findings of the three-person ethics committee. Photograph: Alan Betson

European Union ombudsman Emily O’Reilly is considering whether to open a fresh inquiry into José Manuel Barroso’s decision to take a role with Goldma(...)

 Emily O’Reilly, European Ombudsman: she said she will weigh the Barroso judgment, clearing him of wrongdoing, and decide whether to pursue the issue further. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

José Manuel Barroso has been cleared of wrongdoing by an ad hoc EU ethics committee cobbled together by his successor Jean Claude Juncker to show stre(...)

Former European Commission  president José Manuel Barroso: ethics committee says he did not show  “considerate judgment”  over  Goldman Sachs appointment. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

An EU ethics committee has cleared former European Commission president José Manuel Barroso of breaking rules by taking a job at Goldman Sachs but sai(...)

Nominated UN secretary general Antonio Guterres attending a news conference at Necessidades Palace in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

António Guterres, the former Portuguese prime minister who is poised to become the next UN secretary general, has built a reputation as a consensus bu(...)

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