British prime minister Theresa May at the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels. The latest negotiations illustrate again, observers say, the political naivety that has characterised British Brexit diplomacy. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Imagine if the summit had agreed to Theresa May’s request. If the leaders had signed up to a legal declaration on the backstop that made clear it was (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Danish prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, (right) and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte in The Hague. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has urged Europe to prioritise the concerns of small countries which will be adversely affected by Brexit when the negotiations f(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will use the summit to highlight specific Irish concerns, such as the Border and the Common Travel Area. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to meet the leaders of like-minded EU countries to ensure that upcoming Brexit talks move swiftly on to trade and do not get d(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel giving a statement in Berlin on Friday morning. The Brexit decision presents Dr  Merkel with the greatest headache of her career. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she accepts – “with great regret” – Britain’s decision to leave the EU but insisted the union would recover from thi(...)

Mohamad Salai, a refugee, walks through the refugee tent camp in Naestved, some 60 km south of Copenhagen. Niels Ahlmann Olesen/EPA

Denmark shrugged off international criticism yesterday of new immigration rules that allow police to search asylum seekers’ luggage and confisca(...)

A Kurdish girl at a migrant camp in Dunkirk, France. UN officials have criticised calls to water down the Geneva convention. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty

A high-level proposal to reduce western obligations to refugees risks the destruction of “a milestone of humanity” and would “renounce millennia” of h(...)

The Øresund Bridge between Sweden and Denmark,  at Malmö, Sweden, on January 3rd, 2016. Swedish authorities have introduced identity checks for bus and train passengers entering Sweden.  Photograph: Johan Nilsson/TT/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s free movement system unravelled further on Monday when, 12 hours after tough new Swedish border checks came into effect, Denmark announced it(...)

Security staff check IDs at Kastrups train station near Copenhagen, Denmark. Sweden requires train companies with  bridge-and-tunnel links from Denmark to refuse passengers without ID. Photograph: Bjorn Lindgren / TT News Agency via AP

It’s a freezing but sunny morning in Copenhagen and a queue has formed at the information desk of the redbrick central train station. The woman on th(...)

A temporary fence is erected between domestic and international tracks is seen at Hyllie train station in southern Malmo, Sweden. Sweden is set to drastically reduce the flow of refugees into the country by imposing strict identity checks in response to the migrant crisis. Photograph: Johan Nilsson/TT News/Reuters.

Denmark and Sweden have tightened their borders in efforts to stem the flow of migrants entering Scandinavia from Germany. Just hours after Swedish r(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Said Ireland was “determined to play its part” in reaching an historic agreement. Photograph: Bloomberg

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has blamed a “lost decade” of recession and “unrealistic” targets set by the EU for Ireland’s difficulties in grappling (...)

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