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 European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom  arrive for the EC meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.

The State’s GDP growth is expected to moderate to 3.8 per cent in 2019 and 3.4 per cent in 2020 on the back of a less benign external environment, the(...)

European Parliament in Strasbourg:  the dominant dividing line could be between politicians who want common EU-level solutions and those who favour safeguarding national sovereignty. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Four in 10 French voters say they have no interest in May’s European elections, a recent poll reports. The apathy vote is up more than a sixth since M(...)

Illustration of a European eel (Anguilla anguilla)

I confess to approaching this week’s letter with some trepidation. Your correspondent was given the firmest of reprimands by an Irish diplomat here f(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and German chancellor Angela Merkel greet  Xi Jinping at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The 14th-century admonition that “He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon” is the mantra these days of many European leaders. The devil in(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May is greeted by president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

In approving Theresa May’s request for a short unconditional extension to April 12th EU leaders have effectively done no more than kick the can down t(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/ Bloomberg

Prime minister Theresa May and Commission president Jean Claude Juncker have jointly pledged to continue with urgency their “constructive” discus(...)

EU Council President Donald Tusk and  Leo Varadkar gesture as they give statements after a meeting at the European Council headquarters. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

To Hell and Back . . . Theresa May travels to Brussels on Thursday to meet EU leaders including president of the European Council Donald Tusk. His co(...)

Taoiseach  Leo Varadkar and European Council president Donald Tusk during a statement following their meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: AP Photo/Francisco Seco

Theresa May travels to Brussels on Thursday to ask for legally binding changes to the withdrawal agreement she agreed last year to ensure that Britain(...)

Iain Duncan Smith and Theresa Villiers arrive at the cabinet office in Westminster for a meeting of the Alternative Arrangements Working Group to examine the Malthouse compromise. Photograph:  Stefan Rousseau/PA

Theresa May will on Tuesday promise to fulfil her pledge to ensure that the Irish Border remains open after Brexit while securing a withdrawal deal th(...)

Pro-Brexit flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London. While the UK has repeatedly reiterated its desire not to see a hard border, how to achieve that in a no-deal context is unclear. Photograph: PA

With the prospects of a “no-deal” Brexit looming closer by the day, the EU, UK and member states, including Ireland, are frenetically stepping up thei(...)

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