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(...)

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz whose country has just assumed the rotating presidency of the EU. Photograph: Getty

Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz has opened the door to extending negotiations with the UK should agreement not be forthcoming on the Irish Border,(...)

The complainant, named as JQ, was head of the Internal Medicine Department of a Catholic hospital in Düsseldorf.

A Catholic hospital in Germany was not entitled to fire a surgeon because he divorced and remarried in a civil ceremony, the Court of Justice of the E(...)

Irish High Court’s Ms Justice Aileen Donnelly: said “immense” legislative changes to Poland’s judicial system under the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party called into question the rule of law.

A Polish man currently being held on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) in an Irish jail would get a fair trial if deported to Poland, lawyers for Irelan(...)

The report criticises social media platforms for not protecting users’ data, a nod to   the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Engaging with the giant social media companies to agree and then enforce a new code of practice on fake news , or “disinformation”, will be the centra(...)

European Council President Donald Tusk before his speech at the European Parliament on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The UK has again been warned by the EU that unless it comes up with a solution that avoids a hard Border on the island of Ireland, both arrangements f(...)

In a speech in Strasbourg, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  said the EU was “the outcome of one of the greatest acts of political creativity in all of human history”. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to defend Ireland’s controversial corporation tax system, saying EU member states should be retain the ability to se(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May is welcomed by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

With the signing off on Friday by the UK and the European Commission on a joint summary of the Brexit divorce talks for approval at next week’s summit(...)

Catalan rally: demonstrators in Barcelona hold banners reading “Freedom for the Political Prisoners. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP Photo

A Belgian judge will have to decide by early on Monday morning whether to free the Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four ministerial colleagues on(...)

Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Developmenton, said: “What becomes more obvious day-by-day is that the Brexiteers are hooked on brinkmanship – and have been since the beginning”. File photograph: Alan Betson

Britain’s so-called Brexiteers are “hooked on brinkmanship” and their only approach is “the tough-guy approach”, Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan (...)

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