EU officials remain deeply unconvinced by Boris Johnson’s professed commitment to raising regulatory standards. Photograph: Frank Augstein/AP Photo

The UK’s trade negotiating position with the EU, specifically its opposition in principle to regulatory alignment, is not a tactical gambit but a fund(...)

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

The EU and UK have entered a new phase of intensified Brexit negotiations following the successful talks between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK prime m(...)

Commission officials have  warned there is an effective deadline of this Friday for any proposals that may be put to the EU summit  the following Thursday.  Photograph: PA

Ten days from the European summit in Brussels where do we stand? Are we any closer to a Brexit deal? All the cross-channel megaphone diplomacy notwi(...)

Seeing the prize of the European Commission presidency slipping from their party’s grasp, the leaders of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP(...)

 Simon Coveney is hosting a dinner on Monday and a meeting on Tuesday in Farmleigh. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney will host a private meeting of a group of Arab and EU foreign ministers on Monday to discuss the Middle Eas(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels this week ahead of the summit to meet European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

European affairs ministers will hear a first strongly supportive response from EU capitals to the Brexit withdrawal agreement when they meet in Brusse(...)

European commissioner  Pierre Moscovici,  Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Spain’s minister for finance Nadia Calvino at the  meeting of Eurogroup finance ministers  in Brussels, on Monday.  Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

There is no wavering in Dublin’s opposition to proposals for an EU digital sales tax, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe insisted ahead of an EU mee(...)

Senators Orrin Hatch and Ron Wyden, of the US Senate Finance Committee, warn of “significant and growing concerns” in the US about the tax. Photograph: Getty Images

Brussels has come under renewed pressure to drop controversial proposals to tax digital company revenue in a letter from key US senators to the presid(...)

Anti-brexit protestors wave flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

British prime minister Theresa May has hinted that she realises that she may not be able to rely on the votes of the DUP for her Brexit proposals, Fia(...)

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier chats with Minister for Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney ahead of a meeting at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

There is an urgent need to see progress on the Irish backstop in the next month, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has said. S(...)

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