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An activist wearing a mask of Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi poses the day after Italy’s general election, in Rome. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

A hung parliament in Italy and the prospect of a new government led by one of two populist parties following the Italian general election has caused a(...)

The EU’s new top civil servant Martin Selmayr arrives for a meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The appointment last week of the EU’s new top civil servant by means that could best be described as sleight of hand has provoked uproar in the usuall(...)

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry: hinted Labour could back remaining in a European customs union after Brexit. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies has hinted that Labour is set to call for Britain to remain in the customs union after it leaves the European Un(...)

Spain’s economy minister, Luis de Guindos: The Italian newspaper Corriera della Sera reported on Sunday that Rome will oppose his nomination for the next vice-president of the ECB

The Italians look set to oppose the nomination of Spain’s economy minister Luis de Guindos as the next vice-president of the ECB. He is up against Cen(...)

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. File photograph: Ricardo Moraes/File Photo

‘World View’ is a weekly foreign affairs podcast from ‘The Irish Times’. Subscribe on Android, on Apple Podcasts, on Stitcher or on Soundcloud. Forme(...)

British Brexit secretary David Davis on the BBC’s ‘Andrew Marr Show’. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC via Getty

EU Brexit negotiators have expressed doubts about the feasibility of the UK’s pledge to avoid a hard Border in Ireland after Brexit. In a briefing p(...)

ECHR said Icelandic courts had breached Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights

A European court has upheld a blogger’s demand that the Icelandic courts should have properly considered his case for defamation over an Instagram pos(...)

 Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is heading up the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. File photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

World View is a weekly foreign affairs podcast from The Irish Times. Subscribe on Android, on Apple Podcasts, on Stitcher or on Soundcloud. On this w(...)

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan   recently said he is “digging his heels in” to ensure the trade agreement does not allow for the import of lower quality beef into the EU. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

European Commission sources on Monday expressed confidence that it will be possible to conclude two major trade deals, with Mexico and the south Ameri(...)

When a VAT registered trader buys goods from another EU member state, he does not pay VAT on import, only charging and accounting for VAT when he sells the goods on the domestic market.

The EU is to publish proposals on reform of its cross-border VAT regime on Wednesday in what it hopes will spell the end for the “carousel fraud” that(...)

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