Michel Barnier

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The sterling exchange rate is vital for Irish exporters, for tourism, for cross-border and online shopping and for the the tens of thousands of people and businesses who operate some parts of their lives in the two currencies.

Since the Brexit referendum sterling has declined steadily, losing around 15 per cent in total against the euro – and is now falling again. It is dow(...)

Newly elected European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: spoke of her desire to “move towards full co-decision power for the European Parliament and away from unanimity for climate, energy, social and taxation policies”. Photograph:  Frederick Florin

A clearly relieved Ursula von der Leyen was adamant after her election as European Commission president that, as the German expression has it, “a majo(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney arrives for the National Day of Commemoration ceremony in Dublin on Sunday. Mr Coveney has warned online platforms of their responsibility to police the “ever-evolving threat” of disinformation. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The State’s security services are “appraising” a suspected Russian intelligence operation to spread fake news online targeting divisions in Ireland an(...)

Ursula von der Leyen promises much more intensive dialogue with MEPs. Photograph: Getty

“It’s going to be a close call.” Ursula von der Leyen has no illusions about Tuesday’s vote in the European Parliament. The last 12 days has propelle(...)

Boris Johnson visits a JD Wetherspoon pub as part of his  Conservative Party leadership campaign tour, in London. As the frontrunner he is expected to become prime minister on June 24th. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Pool via Bloomberg

 Theresa May abstained on Tuesday in votes on amendments to a Northern Ireland Bill that would extend same-sex marriage and abortion rights to th(...)

  Ursula von der Leyen needs 375 votes for a majority in parliament, but is widely expected to get that. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Just to get the important local news out of the way first. Asked for the first time about Brexit and the backstop, European Commission president-in-w(...)

Besides agriculture, Phil Hogan has been an influential figure within the commission in articulating Ireland’s case on Brexit. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Guenther Oettinger has an impossible task as budget commissioner, it is being said, as he tries to frame a new European Union between 2021 and 2027 in(...)

FT columnist Simon Kuper argues that loquacious posturing, so essential at the university debating society, is still the fuel that propels Brexit and Johnson. File photograph: Getty

If Boris Johnson is the answer, what the hell is the question? Perplexed? Who isn’t? Not for the first time over the past few months, the revealed nat(...)

France’s president Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel: at heart of surprise nomination of Ursula von der Leyen.  Photograph: Dominique Jacovides

The package of top jobs announced by EU leaders represents the continued domination of the institutions by pro-EU partiesand reinforces the Franco-Ger(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives on Sunday for a European Council summit on filling the top EU institution jobs, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

EU leaders will meet again in Brussels this morning in an attempt to break the deadlock over filling the union’s top jobs for the next five years, aft(...)

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