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Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel, Latvia’s Krisjanis Karins, France’s Emmanuel Macron and the Netherlands’ Mark Rutte at the EU summit in Sibiu, Romania. Photograph: Ludovic Marin

EU leaders on Thursday put action on climate change at the top of the union’s agenda for the next five years. Meeting in Sibiu, Romania, leaders gave (...)

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

When EU leaders meet in Sibiu, Romania, on Thursday, their gathering on Europe Day will also symbolically mark 15 years since the EU’s biggest enlarge(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: “Weidmann is a convinced European and an experienced central banker and therefore suitable” Photograph:  Reuters

Jean-Claude Juncker has said he “would not mind” a German becoming head of the European Central Bank, in a sign that the European Commission president(...)

 Cows stand beneath a sign for a disused customs office along the Irish Border  in Newry, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

It is a dastardly trap, designed to lock freedom-loving Britain into the EU’s protectionist customs union: that is the argument against the backstop, (...)

Iain Duncan-Smith and Arlene Foster arrive at the European Commission to meet Michel Barnier. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Europe needs to hear and understand unionist concerns about the Northern Irish backstop, the DUP leader Arlene Foster has said. At a meeting in Bruss(...)

Council president Donald  at a news conference following the EU  leaders’ summit in  Brussels.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

So what did it all mean, this long Brussels night? Britain got its extension, but are we any nearer a solution? Will everyone be back in October (...)

European Council president Donald Tusk, British prime minister Theresa May and German chancellor Angela Merkel talk at a meeting  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Leon Neal - Pool/Getty Images

Broad agreement that the UK would get an extension to article 50 of undetermined length, and that British prime minister Theresa May’s engagement with(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk and EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier: there are fears an extension will raise the risk of further short extensions and emergency summits. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP

There is a strong expectation in Brussels that Wednesday’s summit will give the UK the negotiating extension sought by prime minister Theresa May. How(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and British prime minister Theresa May in Paris: ratification of the withdrawal accord would be France’s “preferred scenario”. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

On Wednesday night, a vote at the European Council meeting in Brussels will determine whether the UK leaves the union in a no-deal Brexit on Friday or(...)

Michel Barnier, EU chief Brexit negotiator, at Government Buildings speaking to media following meeting. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It will be “dangerous” if British prime minister Theresa May requests an extension to the Brexit deadline without a clear plan on how to ratify the cu(...)

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