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Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg gives a briefing on the situation in Afghanistan in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Nato

European allies had hoped Joe Biden’s election to the US presidency would bolster Nato’s relevance after Donald Trump’s acrimonious years. Washington’(...)

Martin Fraser has been secretary general at the Department of the Taoiseach for a decade. Photograph: GIS

Ireland has very few civil servants that have become household names, even fleetingly. Robert Watt’s recent pay hike on becoming secretary general of(...)

Dominic Cummings leaves the Houses of Parliament after giving evidence to MPs over the UK government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, in central London, Britain. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Boris Johnson’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic caused tens of thousands of unnecessary deaths, his former chief adviser Dominic Cummings has (...)

Former Downing Street  special advisor Dominic Cummings: ‘he truth is that senior ministers, senior officials, senior advisers like me fell disastrously short of the standards that the public has a right to expect of its government in a crisis like this.’ Photograph: Handout/PRU/AFP via Getty

Boris Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings has described the prime minister as unfit for office and claimed that the British government’s f(...)

Minister Gavin Williamson, a key aide in Johnson’s personal rise, stays in place. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Nobody puts it quite like Boris Johnson. Last week the British PM told distraught school pupils that their exam results had been “derailed by a mutant(...)

Having carried the referendum, seized control of the Tory Party, and now of the reins of government, the Brexit campaign leadership, with Boris Johnson as their figurehead, is taking the axe to the  independent civil service. Photograph:   Jessica Taylor/ EPA/ UK Parliament

The Brexiteer revolution rolls on. Or, more accurately, the Dominic Cummings revolution. Having carried the referendum, seized control of the Tory Par(...)

Spinney Hill Park in Leicester: A council worker carries rubbish from a coronavirus testing centre. Photograph: Jacob King

Leicester’s mayor has urged people to “stick together” and stay at home after the city was put back into lockdown following a surge in coronavirus cas(...)

Boris Johnson’s government is seizing on every opportunity for distraction from the Dominic Cummings controversy. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/Downing Street

In the absence of prime minister’s questions because parliament is in recess, Boris Johnson’s appearance before the Commons liaison committee was the (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson appearing before the House of Commons liaison committee  via Zoom, from  10 Downing Street, on Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/Downing Street

Boris Johnson has ruled out an inquiry into Dominic Cummings’s apparent breaches of lockdown rules as the number of Conservative MPs calling publicly (...)

Dominic Cummings leaving his home in London on Sunday following allegations he broke coronavirus lockdown rules by travelling across the England in March. Photograph: Glyn Kirk  via Getty

Boris Johnson has refused to sack Dominic Cummings over multiple alleged breaches of lockdown rules, asserting that his chief adviser acted “responsib(...)

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