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 Theresa May leaves Downing St: A relatively calm week for the British prime minister.  Photograph:  Jack Taylor/Getty Images

There was an unfamiliar scene in the House of Commons this week as Conservative MPs cheered loudly at the end of Theresa May’s weekly joust with Jerem(...)

Prime minister and vice-president of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, meets  French president Emmanuel Macron in Dubai today. Photograph: Dubai Media Office/Reuters

French president Emmanuel Macron has claimed victory over the Islamic State terror group, two years after the attacks in Paris in which 130 people wer(...)

Six months into his presidency, Emmanuel Macron of France already has important achievements to his name. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Emmanuel Macron is an unlikely insurgent. A technocratic ex-banker with an elite education and a career that spanned the upper reaches of Parisian bus(...)

On the throne: Emmanuel Macron in Paris shortly after his inauguration. Photograph: Charles Platiau/AFP/Getty

Six months ago tonight a 39-year-old from Picardy with almost no political experience but immense self-confidence made a solemn victory march across t(...)

People wave Catalan independence flags at a demonstration in Barcelona on Saturday. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

If the EU tries to stop its constituent economies going global, I surmise from working trips to Milan and Amsterdam that it is terrible at it. These c(...)

Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the far-left France Unbowed, who wants the European  flag replaced with the flag of the United Nations. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the far-left France Unbowed, says the blue and gold European flag is a “sectarian emblem” symbolising the EU’s Chris(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron gives a statement at the Élysée Palace in Paris, France. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

When French presidents talk about Europe, their message often makes more sense if you substitute every reference to “European Union” with “France”. (...)

‘Varadkar has decided that the time has come to take  on Sinn Féin.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

When the Taoiseach accused Mary Lou McDonald of resembling Marine Le Pen because she always returns to a script, it may not have been the finest hour (...)

Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has compared Ms McDonald to Marine Le Pen. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has compared Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald to French far-right leader Marine Le Pen in a heated Dáil row over budge(...)

French senators attending a session in the Palais du Luxembourg in Paris. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron failed to repeat a landslide in French senatorial elections on Sunday, his centrist party winning less than 8 per cen(...)

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