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European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk embrace after a joint news conference in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The European Union is “prepared for the worst, but hopes for the best”, European Council president Donald Tusk has told a press conference at the conc(...)

Thierry Baudet of  Forum voor Democratie (Forum for Democracy) during provincial elections night in Zeist, the Netherlands. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

An upstart populist party shocked the Dutch political establishment by winning the most votes in provincial elections after a preliminary count in the(...)

Leaders at the summit will discuss the EU’s most important relationship of the next decade: China. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

One cautious step at a time. EU leaders, diplomats in Brussels were insisting, can only consider what is formally put in front of them. If Theresa Ma(...)

Sabine Weyand, deputy negotiator for the EU. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Getty

Brussels has said a vote by UK MPs to block a no-deal Brexit in any circumstances is a meaningless move, with one senior EU negotiator describing it a(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron. “This is the first time that a head of state has spoken to all the peoples of Europe in their languages,” says an adviser of Mr Macron’s open lettter. Photograph: Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Emmanuel Macron’s open letter to the citizens of the European Union is an urgent appeal for mobilisation against the threats of what the French presid(...)

Theresa May makes a statement to the House of Commons in London on Brexit on Tuesday. Photograph: Getty Images

British prime minister Theresa May has promised to give MPs a vote on extending Brexit negotiations or withdrawing from the EU without a deal if her p(...)

Netherlands foreign ministry shows foreign minister Stef Blok gesturing next to ‘the Brexit monster’ lying on his desk in his office, in The Hague. Photograph: Aad Meijer / Netherlands Foreign Ministry / AFR

The British government may still not be clear on what Brexit looks like, but the Dutch have a pretty good idea: it is a giant blue furry monster that (...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during an interview in Davos. “We should never forget that Brexit is a problem that was created by Britain.” Photograph: Francis MacGuire/Reuters

Footwear is important in Davos. You may be wearing a €1,000 suit but unless you want to end up on your backside on the snowy pavements you’d better br(...)

Leo Varadkar participating in Thursday’s Davos panel discussion. Photograph: EPA

The Republic is “forever closing loopholes” in our tax system, Leo Varadkar told a panel of European leaders at Davos on Thursday. Mr Varadkar defende(...)

Davos: the World Economic Forum opens on Tuesday. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty

Monday Indicators: German consumer confidence (Feb), PPI (Dec); US imports and exports (Nov), construction spending (Nov), factory orders (Nov). Tue(...)

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