Former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi has travelled from northern Italy to Ireland to speak at a conference at Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters.

Former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi has been given the all-clear to participate in a public conference at Trinity College Dublin after travelli(...)

David O’Sullivan’s last official posting was as EU ambassador to the US from 2014-2019. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The EU and UK could agree a “device” to extend the transition period if talks fail to secure a trade deal by the July 1st deadline, a former European (...)

Ursula von der Leyen will become the first woman – and the first German in half a century – to lead the European Commission after her intensive two-week campaign to win over MEPs produced a narrow parliamentary majority in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Ursula von der Leyen will become the first woman – and the first German in half a century – to lead the European Commission after her intensive two-we(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

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(...)

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