The Government has nominated Phil Hogan, Ireland’s EU commissioner, for a second term in Brussels. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The Government has nominated Phil Hogan, Ireland’s EU commissioner, for a second term in Brussels. The Taoiseach confirmed his intention to nominate (...)

German defence minister  Ursula von der Leyen, who has been nominated to be the next European Commission president, with Manfred Weber, who was a candidate for the job,  at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Frederick FlorinAFP/Getty Images

The centre-right candidate who was thwarted in his bid to become European Commission president has denounced French president Emmanuel Macron for “dam(...)

The durability of the Paris-Berlin motor, led by President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel, was the most striking thing about the list of nominees agreed by EU leaders for five key positions in the institutions. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Football, Gary Lineker said, is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and, at the end, the Germans always win. This week, we were reminded(...)

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 (...)

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