Michel Barnier

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One of the two boats with a total of 415 migrants on board, in Lampedusa, Italy. Photograph: ANSA/EPA

The issue of migration is back on the agenda in Europe this week after good weather saw a surge in people crossing the Mediterranean, leading to calls(...)

You’ll never sing alone: the happy crowd at a test music festival in Sefton Park, Liverpool, on Sunday. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Image of the week: Blossoming For people who were regular gig-goers before the pandemic, loving nothing more than howling along to a much-loved favou(...)

 Michel Barnier: “Controls to protect the internal market must be implemented somewhere. Either around the island or inside the island,” he writes of his talks with Leo Varadkar in his new diary,  The Grand Illusion,  which will be published in French on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Michel Barnier has warned that peace in Ireland remains at risk to “the slightest spark” amid provocative British actions over the Northern Ireland pr(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron: Polls indicate he  would win 54 per cent of the vote in a presidential run-off, against 46 per cent for Marine Le Pen. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

One year before the French presidential election, the most plausible scenario is that President Emmanuel Macron will win re-election after defeating t(...)

Boris Johnson: “Now is the time to look forward to the future and to building a more global Britain.” Photograph: PA Wire

The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to approve the post-Brexit trade deal between the European Union and UK, bringing to a conclusion yea(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen welcomed the vote, but warned that ‘faithful implementation is essential’.  Photograph: Thierry Monasse/Bloomberg

The European Parliament voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to approve the post-Brexit trade deal between the EU and the UK, bringing to a conclusion ye(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen speaks during the debate on EU-UK trade and co-operation agreement during the second day of a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The European Union’s trade deal with the United Kingdom has “real teeth” and Brussels will not hesitate to use its enforcement measures if needed to h(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy and Michel Barnier in 2009. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty

In 2009 Nicolas Sarkozy dispatched his agriculture minister, Michel Barnier, to the European Commission. It was an elegant manoeuvre that suited both (...)

Michel Barnier arrives for a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, on February 9th. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/AFP via Getty Images

The EU’s former chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Tuesday he was setting up a political faction under the name “Patriot and European”, (...)

PSNI officers man a police checkpoint at Larne harbour last week. Port inspection staff returned to work following loyalist threats against them last week. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

An important truth is perhaps dawning on some unionist leaders: that the Northern Ireland protocol and its Irish Sea quasi-border are not going to be (...)

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