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German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the  mechanical engineering summit in Berlin on Tuesday. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

You know a situation is serious when the Germans don’t have a word for it, and there is no term to describe the pessimistic optimism palpable in Berli(...)

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier arrives at the EU headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

The EU and UK have entered a new phase of intensified Brexit negotiations following the successful talks between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK prime m(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met UK premier Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor in Liverpool this week.

Just when it seemed like all hope of a Brexit deal was dead in the water – out of nowhere, comes fresh hope of an 11th-hour reprieve. The meeting bet(...)

Sterling soared on Friday, rising 1.6 per cent against the euro to reach 86.95p, before falling back  to  87.22p. Photograph: Jennifer West/Bloomberg

Dublin- and London-listed shares, along with sterling, took off on Friday after optimism over a possible Brexit deal took hold among investors. The Is(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins on the first day of their visit to Greece in the city of Athens at the Stoa of Attalos. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President Michael D Higgins has said society will be “judged by future generations as to whether we averted our gaze from the vulnerabilities of our p(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson at Downing Street in London. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA.

Boris Johnson has pledged the Conservatives would not stand on an explicitly no-deal Brexit election manifesto after moderate Tory MPs threatened to r(...)

Tuesday was another dramatic day in the three-year long Brexit process, as Downing Street sources briefed against Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and German ch(...)

Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings. Photograph:  Isabel Infantes/AFP via Getty

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Julian Smyth has rejected suggestions that the United Kingdom might withdraw cross-Border security co-operation as(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: ‘I don’t play dirty, and I don’t think most EU leaders do either.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson will meet later this week in a last-ditch effort to save talks on a new Brexit deal that were on the verge of collapse (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, ahead of talks at the European Commission. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

After a day when all too many were prepared to pronounce the Brexit talks dead, Simon Coveney on Tuesday night held out hope that they could still pro(...)

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