European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen  and  European Council president Charles Michel giving a press briefing after a virtual European Council meeting on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

European leaders are confronting a deepening health and economic crisis as sharp increases in coronavirus infections strain hospital capacities and tr(...)

 In French president Emmanuel Macron’s televised address to the nation, he said: ‘The virus is circulating in France at a speed that even the most pessimistic had not anticipated.’ Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/ AFP via Getty

Countries around Europe have enforced restrictive measures as a surge of Covid-19 cases led to widespread disruption around the continent, amid warnin(...)

 EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen says the exit strategies were partly too fast and measures were relaxed too soon. Photograph: Chema Moya/ EPA

A resurgence of coronavirus that is overwhelming hospitals and filling intensive care units across Europe is due to an over-hasty return to normality (...)

An October 1st photograph of newly appointed foreign affairs minister Sophie Wilmès. Photograph: HATIM KAGHAT/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

Belgian foreign minister and deputy prime minister Sophie Wilmès (45) has been admitted to intensive care suffering from Covid-19 amid a surge in infe(...)

European Commission vice-president Maros Sefcovic (centre) arrives at London St Pancras station on Monday. Photograph: Tolga Akmem /AFP

The European Union has agreed to intensify talks on a post-Brexit free trade agreement on the basis of legal texts, a stated British condition for for(...)

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and French prime minister Jean Castex  meet members of Civil Protection who organized the Covid-19 test centre at the 4th district City Hall in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

Health authorities have warned that hospitals are at risk of being overrun across Europe as countries see record rises in coronavirus infections and i(...)

In a call with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, above,  and European Council president Charles Michel on Wednesday night, Boris  Johnson said he would reflect before setting out the UK’s next steps in the light of his statement of September 7th. Photograph: AP

Boris Johnson has reaffirmed his threat to walk away from talks with the European Union this week if the two sides are not closing in on a free trade (...)

The Colossus design blueprints and computers built were deliberately destroyed after the second World War, and their historical existence remained a state secret until the 1970s.

The UK has a long history of engineering invention and commercialisation, in part due to military exigencies. The world’s first tank was the UK’s Mk1,(...)

Medical workers tend to a patient infected with Covid-19 at the intensive care unit of the Lariboisiere Hospital of the Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris. File photogaph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

Bars in Paris have been ordered to close for two weeks, Madrid residents may no longer leave their city as governments struggle to contain a Europe-wi(...)

British prime minister  Boris Johnson with European Commission president  Ursula von der Leyen early in the year, before the advent of Covid-19. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Another Brexit talks deadline extended. Following their weekend phone chat, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and British prime minis(...)

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