Brexit Party MEP Ann Widdecombe giving a speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday. “It doesn’t matter which language you use, we are leaving and we are pleased to be going.” Photograph:  EuropaTV/PA Wire

The former Conservative minister Ann Widdecombe has likened the UK’s departure from the EU to the emancipation of slaves, as she became the first Brex(...)

 German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen: she is seen as a stalwart of the Berlin establishment. Photograph: Reuters/Stephane Mahe

At its core it’s possible to view the EU as an historic compromise between France and Germany. In return for resurrecting Germany politically after th(...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans addresses a news conference  in Brussels, Belgium, in February  2018. File photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

As I started to pen this missive – Tuesday – Frans Timmermans was still a runner to be the next European Commission president. By the afternoon the Eu(...)

After three days of unprecedented deadlock and whisperings, agreement has been reached on who should take the coveted top jobs in Europe. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Good morning, It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new European leadership. Well, almost. Contain your excitement. After three days of unprecede(...)

Ursula von der Leyen: was once considered a potential reserve chancellor. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen was attending an away day for the Bundeswehr armed forces on Tuesday, 45 minutes south of Berlin, when he(...)

Brexit headache: Conservative MPs Jacob Rees-Mogg, Boris Johnson and Peter Bone at the launch of a report claiming the UK economy would be better off with a hard Brexit. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

In numbers: Terrorism takedowns 60 Number of minutes Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech companies will have to remove extremist content from t(...)

Opposition supporters and one of the Belarusian opposition leaders Vladimir Nekliaev take part in a rally during a protest against the upcoming Zapad military exercises in Minsk, Belarus. Photograph: Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

Russian military jets and helicopters have landed in neighbouring Belarus ahead of Thursday’s start of major war games that are unnerving nearby Nato (...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel and US president Donald Trump during a  news conference in the  White House in Washington, US. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen on Sunday rejected US president Donald Trump’s claim that Germany owes Nato and the United States “vast s(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, pictured at a  reception newly-arrived foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin on Wednesday, wished Donald Trump success on his election as US president. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/EPA

Russia, Ukraine & Hungary The Kremlin was quick to congratulate Donald Trump on Wednesday morning and Russia’s lower house of parliament broke in(...)

In Russia Garry Kasparov, former world champion turned vocal opponent of Vladimir Putin, tweeted simply: ‘Winter is here.’ Photograph: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

Around the world some far-right and rightwing nationalist leaders have been reacting with glee to Donald Trump’s election as US president, while other(...)

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