Patrick Smyth

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European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen greets Croatia’s prime  minister Andrej Plenkovic at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Every new presidency of the EU has its own flavour, its own national initiative to mark it out from the rest and to be remembered by. Croatia, a grou(...)

British defence secretary Ben Wallace during the debate on  Iran in the   Commons. Photograph:  UK Parliamentary Recording Unit

Britain has taken “urgent measures” to protect its nationals and interests in the Middle East, and put ships and helicopters on standby in the region,(...)

European Council President Charles Michel arrives at a meeting of the EU27 leaders on Thursday. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA.

As “commitments” go it might appear somewhat half-hearted. “The European Council endorses the objective of achieving a climate-neutral EU by 2050,” is(...)

 The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier leaving the European Commission in Brussels for a meeting with EU27 ambassadors to discuss an extension to the Brexit deadline. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

France worked with Ireland, Germany and officials of the European Council over the weekend to frame the terms of another British Brexit extension to J(...)

Jolyon Maugham QC: “Our concern has always been that this is not a prime minister who can be trusted.” Photograph:  Andrew Milligan/PA

Boris Johnson will write a letter asking the EU to delay Brexit by three months if no deal is agreed by October 19th, according to government papers s(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel gestures during a news conference after his meeting with British prime minister Boris Johnson in Luxembourg. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

By the time Boris Johnson finally appeared before the assembled journalists, only then to retreat rapidly into an official car, we had been treated to(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson making a statement to MPs in the House of Commons on Tuesday.  Photograph:  PA Wire

World View is a weekly foreign affairs podcast from The Irish Times. Listen on Apple Podcasts, on Spotify, on Stitcher or on Soundcloud. The House of(...)

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(...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans addresses a news conference  in Brussels, Belgium, in February  2018. File photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

As I started to pen this missive – Tuesday – Frans Timmermans was still a runner to be the next European Commission president. By the afternoon the Eu(...)

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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