At the EU summit in Brussels, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was busy collecting the mobile-phone numbers of the other prime ministers. Photograph: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

In a face-off with Martin O’Neill and the Republic of Ireland squad, team Leo knows there can only be one winner. And it won’t be Fine Gael. Not ever(...)

Leo Varadkar clashed with Macron in the council discussion over a potential digital tax, a proposal yet to be formulated by the Commission, but one much desired by the French. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

“They’re in there on their own,” laughs one diplomat. “It terrifies the officials.” Talk to anyone who has been leader of a country, or read their me(...)

British prime minister Theresa May arriving for the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels on Thursday. “It’s right that the other leaders prepare for those negotiations as we have been preparing,” she said of today’s Brexit talks. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

European Union leaders have arrived in Brussels for a one-day meeting which will be followed by a discussion of the negotiations leading to Britain’s(...)

British prime minister David Cameron meets Taoiseach Enda Kenny  the sidelines of the second day of the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/EPA

As talks over Britain’s renegotiation dragged on in Brussels over Friday, the lack of progress was expressed in culinary terms: a planned “English br(...)

Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy said the issue of migrants’ benefits had been identified as a “red line” in the negotiations by a number of member-states.

By the time European Union leaders sat down to dinner to discuss David Cameron’s reform demands, the British prime minister’s most contentious proposa(...)

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis insinuated on Monday that the European Commission was prepared to back Greece’s demands, but was scuppered by the euro group, led by Germany.

To end one emergency euro group meeting in disarray could be regarded as a misfortune, but for two meetings to break down without agreement looks l(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz stole a march on the European Commission by responding to the surveillance allegations early on Sunday, during a typically quiet news period. Photograph: Reuters/Jean-Marc Loos

Reports in Der Spiegel and the Guardian that America’s surveillance tactics extended to its European allies may have ignited a diplomatic row between (...)

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy welcomes Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at  the European Union leaders summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels to face a scrum of reporters, he had never seemed so prepared. (...)