DUP leader Arlene Foster: “I fully appreciate the risks of a ‘no deal’ but the dangers of a bad deal are worse.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Arlene Foster is playing the Orange card as the Brexit negotiations may or may not be reaching endgame, amplifying the threat posed by the frequently (...)

Leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party Arlene Foster has warned she will vote against any deal she believes undermines the union. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster regards a no-deal Brexit as the “likeliest outcome”, according to a leaked email seen by the Observ(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron are among several European leaders who do not have children. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

Theresa May (British prime minister), Emmanuel Macron (president of France) and Angela Merkel (chancellor of Germany). World leaders, and child-free. (...)

Boris Johnson speaking at the Conservative Party annual conference at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Former British foreign minister Boris Johnson made what was seen as a blatant pitch to replace UK prime minister Theresa May as Conservative leader on(...)

By the time you read this, unless I’ve had another wobble, I’ll be up a mountain. Photograph: Getty Images

I once did a questionnaire that tests your personality with the aim of assessing whether your leadership style is more Margaret Thatcher or Kim Jong-u(...)

Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, hasn’t been having a great few weeks. There was the bizarre – and totally unfounded – tweet callin(...)

Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson accused the EU of  ‘manipulating the issue of the  Border’. Photograph: Ben Stansall/Getty Images

Theresa May’s proposal for Brexit has come under renewed attack from both wings of her Conservative party, as Downing Street sharply rebuked Boris Joh(...)

Leading Tory Eurosceptic Jacob Rees-Mogg. File photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

A Conservative Party investigation into allegedly Islamophobic comments by Boris Johnson has been denounced as a “show trial” by Jacob Rees-Mogg. Wri(...)

‘He was the Irish conflict’s equivalent to Martin Luther King,’ says Bill Clinton

There is only one moment in Maurice Fitzpatrick’s involving documentary on John Hume’s tireless efforts for peace in Northern Ireland when the Social (...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

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