Michel Barnier: he said his new role would be about “rebuilding” ties after Brexit marked the “unpicking of 45 years of co-operation”. Photograph: Getty Images

Ambassadors of the EU27 are expected on Friday morning to set in train the process to endorse a three-month Brexit extension to January 31st to allow (...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. His government says it will now propose Oliver Varhelyi – Budapest’s envoy to the EU – to be Hungary’s commissioner. Photograph: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

Hungary’s nationalist prime minister Viktor Orban has lambasted Brussels for rejecting his candidate for EU commissioner and denounced potential refor(...)