German chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in  Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq /EPA

Angela Merkel has urged her fellow EU leaders to make compromises to secure a swift deal on a recovery fund designed to help the bloc overcome the eco(...)

Croatia’s prime minister Andrej Plenkovic waves the national flag as he celebrates election victory with party members in Zagreb. Photograph: AP

Croatian prime minister Andrej Plenkovic has started talks to secure a parliamentary majority for a new government led by his conservative Croatian De(...)

Boris Johnson: Has the immediate political scope to move either way on the negotiations. Photograph:   Will Oliver/EPA

The abrupt end of the latest round of talks between Britain and the European Union a day earlier than planned was not only surprising but perplexing. (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a joint press conference with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, joining via video link,  in Berlin. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/ AFP via Getty

German chancellor Angela Merkel appealed to the European Union to come together and agree a “massive” economic recovery deal to address the profound d(...)

European Council president Charles Michel participates in a virtual summit with European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and Chinese president Xi Jinping in Brussels.

European Union chiefs bid to convince Beijing to bring about fairer treatment of foreign companies on Monday in the first formal talks since a cooling(...)

 EU Commissioner for Trade Phil Hogan: weighing up  whether to run to be the next head of the World Trade Organisation.

The position of Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan is increasingly awkward in Brussels as he weighs whether to run to be the next head of the World (...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson participates in a video-conference call on Monday with European Council president Charles Michel, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen, European Parliament president David Sassoli and the EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty Images

The European Union is preparing to redouble efforts and work through the summer to hammer out a deal with Britain following a meeting between prime mi(...)

 Passengers wearing face masks walk through a subway station in Beijing on Monday. Photograph:  Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

Beijing has reintroduced strict lockdown measures and launched a massive test and trace programme as a new coronavirus cluster was identified in the c(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson during a visit on Sunday to a London shopping centre before it reopens to the public on Monday. Photograph:  Andrew Parsons/EPA

Boris Johnson and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen will meet by video conference on Monday amid gloom on both sides over talks about(...)

A timetable for the second half of Brexit talks has been set out with six rounds of negotiations to take place between June 29th and August 21st. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Life seemed to pause in February, and this seems to have affected the perception of time. Incredibly, half of 2020 is gone: and that means just six mo(...)

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