European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen speaks during the debate on EU-UK trade and co-operation agreement during the second day of a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The European Union’s trade deal with the United Kingdom has “real teeth” and Brussels will not hesitate to use its enforcement measures if needed to h(...)

Differences of opinion in Coalition are surfacing, says Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan,  but are being worked through collectively. ‘It has steadied down.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

The industrial policies pursued by Seán Lemass and TK Whitaker in the late 1950s and early 1960s changed Ireland to its core. Green Party leader and M(...)

European Commission secretary general Martin Selmayr: “You cannot run the European Commission like a Montessori school,” he once said. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Martin Selmayr, the most controversial, powerful and shortlived head of the European Commission’s civil service who one critic said should be sent to (...)

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage after being elected as an MEP in Southampton on Monday. Photograph:  Hannah McKay/Reuters

The European Parliament elections have exposed Britain as more divided than ever about leaving the European Union, putting pressure on both main parti(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May: her deal seems to be, to all intents and purposes, dead. Photograph: Mark Duffy/AFP/Getty Images

False, faint hopes in Brussels of Theresa May snatching victory from the jaws of defeat were quickly dissipated yesterday by the House of Commons’ Bre(...)

A portrait of European Parliament president Antonio Tajani with the slogan “no more facism” on the desk of a Member of the European Parliament during a voting session in Strasbourg on Thursday. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The suggestion by the president of the European Parliament that Benito Mussolini did “positive things” for Italy has provoked uproar and calls for res(...)

Philippe Lamberts said the EU single market must be protected. Pictured in 2012, photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/GettyImages

Solidarity between Ireland and the European Union is “two way” and other member states will expect the integrity of the single market to be protected,(...)

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(...)

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker speaks in the European Parliament in Strasbourg.  Juncker called the legislature ‘totally ridiculous’  over the meagre attendance at Tuesday’s session. Photograph: EBS Via AP

The head of the EU’s executive body has described the European Parliament as ridiculous after only a few dozen MEPs turned up to a debate. The outbur(...)

European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager: “We look at state aid from any possible angle to see if tools are being used that shouldn’t be use to give a selective advantage.” Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

There are not many European Union commissioners who can boast of high popularity ratings. But in the two years since her appointment as Europe’s compe(...)

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