German chancellor Angela Merkel listens after delivering a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag,  in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

While Brexit Britain bickers on, German MPs used Wednesday’s budget debate in the Bundestag to discuss what they view as more pressing business: secur(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens after delivering a keynote speech during a debate on the federal budget at the Bundestag. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday there was still every chance for Britain’s divorce from the European Union to take place with a deal(...)

Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the European Commission, said that Mr Barnier had done “an outstanding job. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA

Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator and a key architect of a contentious plan to avoid the return to a hard Irish border, is set to stay (...)

European Commission president  Ursula von der Leyen  announces the names of new European commissioners on Tuesday  at the European Commission in Brussels. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

Ursula von der Leyen had set herself what many saw as an impossible task. The European Commission, which the president-elect will lead from November 1(...)

Phil Hogan briefs Irish journalists on Brexit at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Ray Ryan.

Phil Hogan’s nomination as the next EU trade commissioner by incoming commission president Ursula von der Leyen marks the culmination of remarkable ca(...)

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager is to retain her post.

Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition chief, will retain her role as the bloc’s antitrust enforcer in Ursula von der Leyen’s team in a move likely (...)

Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the commission, told MEPs last month that Brussels would “make use of all the flexibility allowed in the rules” to promote growth and investment. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Retuers

Brussels is planning to simplify the eurozone’s complex budgetary rules to provide governments with softer debt reduction targets that do not push st(...)

The commission is planning regulation that will give EU citizens explicit rights over the use of their facial recognition data. Photograph: iStock

The European Commission is exploring ways to impose strict limits on the use of facial recognition technology in an attempt to stamp out creeping publ(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: Dr Merkel has praised Hungary’s border guards for “showing the courage to place humanity above the rules” in 1989. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban have glossed over their differences and called for European unity as they ma(...)

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson: A meeting between the two leaders is not expected until after the next G7 summit. Photographs: Francois Lenoir/Reuters and Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

A planned meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Boris Johnson will give both sides an opportunity to “gain a better unders(...)

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