Danny McCoy: “When Ireland joined the EU, he said that we would be able to have a growing population, full employment, and living standards comparable with the EEC Six as it then was. Tick, tick, tick. We’ve achieved all of that and the glue that has held it together is trade.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The Irish business community will gather next month at the Convention Centre in Dublin for the Ibec Leaders Conference which will focus on the timely (...)

A pro-EU,  anti-Brexit protester in London: The willingness of EU leaders to circumvent MEPs’ involvement in the election of commission president Ursula von der Leyen has led to calls to give them more teeth. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

It’s an explicit recognition that the whole Brexit affair reflected a wide alienation of citizens across the EU. The EU must now find ways of bridging(...)

Anti-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament: European Council president Charles Michel and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen are expected to sign the withdrawal agreement in Brussels on Friday. Photograph: Hollie Adams/PA

Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal is set to become law on Thursday after both houses of parliament approved the Withdrawal Agreement Bill on Wednesday after(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen:  held a bilateral meeting with US president Donald Trump at the Alpine resort of Davos on Tuesday. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen have vowed to press ahead quickly to reach a trade deal and ease tens(...)

The EU’s new foreign policy chief, the experienced and hard-nosed Josep Borrell, has spoken of Europe learning 'to use the language of power'. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

EU debates about its role as a global power are as old as the European project itself. Yet every effort to turn the bloc into a genuine geopolitical p(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Sajid David.

UK chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid said on Wednesday in Davos that his government will focus on securing a trade deal with the EU over the US,(...)

Swiss police on duty in Davos. Photograph: EPA

Russian plumbers do not tend to summer in Davos. Even those with diplomatic passports. Five months before world leaders began their pilgrimage to the(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney briefs Irish journalists in Brussels on Monday, after a meeting with EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty Images

Boris Johnson has suffered his first defeat in parliament since last month’s UK general election, with the House of Lords backing an opposition amendm(...)

Big Ben   restoration: a £500,000 plan to have the clock “bong” when the UK leaves the EU on January 31st has been dashed by Downing Street. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

The usual suspects in the UK were in full outrage mode this week as, first, Union Jack flags were removed from desks in the European Parliament, and, (...)

Dominic Cummings: His new focus reflects the passions developed in his bunker: putting science at the heart of government and ensuring that the government machine delivers what the politicians promise. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

When Boris Johnson walked through the front door of Number 10 on July 26th, 2019, the British political system was in a state of Brexit-induced paraly(...)

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