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Simon Coveney says the backstop was ‘fair and balanced, a ‘middle ground measure’ that is a fallback position as a last resort. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Insisting that the Brexit withdrawal treaty is not up for renegotiation, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has again vigorously defended the (...)

Pat Cox: the Irish former MEP has said he had no involvement with a group of former European politicians known as the Hapsburg group that were, it is alleged, used secretly by Paul Manafort. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Former politician Pat Cox has said he is “perfectly happy” to hand over records about his political work for the European Parliament in Ukraine to the(...)

Martin Selmayr: the European Commission’s new secretary general claimed recently to have 5m of books on Ireland on his shelves.  Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

In a major reshuffle of the top ranks of the EU civil service, the European Commission has appointed Jean-Claude Juncker’s right-hand man as the organ(...)

Referendum: Catalans wear pro-independence flags in Barcelona on Tuesday. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Out of Spain and so out of the European Union? Could Catalonia secede from Spain, as it is threatening to do, while, as its leaders would like, retain(...)

Italy’s newly elected prime minister Paolo Gentiloni: he represents a serious contrast with his predecessor. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

Paolo Gentiloni, Italy’s newly appointed prime minister, is nothing if not a “safe pair of hands”. It is indicative that when commentators go looking (...)

The prospect of a British exit would deprive Ireland of one of its main EU allies

The British deal reached on Friday night in Brussels represents a feat of diplomacy if nothing else by the European Union. After 40 hours of negotia(...)

Silvio Berlusconi sits in studio of the ‘Porta A Porta’ TV show while a portrait of Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi is displayed in the background. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images.

Strange but true, media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi remains politically alive and well. What is more, as things stand, he is guaranteed to have a major s(...)

The only person to serve a second term  as Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano has been in the Quirinale Palace, the official presidential residence, for nine years. Photograph: Reuters

Italy may be headed for another period of political turbulence following the expected resignation today of President Giorgio Napolitano (89).Just befo(...)

Among the highest priority items in David O’Sullivan’s new job are negotiations aimed to secure a trade agreement between the EU and US.

Irishman David O’Sullivan has formally taken up his new role as European Union ambassador to the United States after presenting his credentials to pre(...)

 Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna (right) speaking to Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Mr Gramegna was in defensive mode today

Luxembourg’s finance minister staunchly defended his country’s tax regime today, arguing that the tax deals revealed in The Irish Times and other m(...)

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