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 Taoiseach Micheál Martin  with French president Emmanuel Macron  at an  EU summit in Brussels last week. Photograph: Oliver Hoslet/EPA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has tested negative for Covid-19 after limiting his movements and contacts on Thursday following news that French president E(...)

Mark Cummins, co-founder of,  at Web Summit 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. Photograph:   David Fitzgerald/Web Summit via Sportsfile

Portugal stands by a deal to grant €11 million a year to host the Web Summit conference in Lisbon, prime minister António Costa told The Irish Times f(...)

Portuguese prime minister Antonio Costa. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/Pool/AFP via Getty

Remaining differences between the UK and the European Union should not be underestimated, but political will exists to overcome them, Portuguese prime(...)

Mark Rutte:  his Dutch government  remain obstinate in their opposition to mutualised “corona bonds” to help aid  southern EU countries devastated by Covid-19. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

It may sound harsh, but right from the start of the fractious negotiations on aid for southern EU countries devastated by Covid-19, the Netherlands pu(...)

Vox MP Macarena Olona walks past Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez during a parliamentary session in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Mariscal/EPA

It’s a horrific image. Dozens of coffins, each wrapped in the Spanish flag, filling Gran Vía, the main commercial street running through central Madri(...)

Wopke Hoekstra sits behind Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. Mr Hoekstra wrote that issuing joint debt via bonds risked undermining ‘incentives for sensible policy’. Photograph: EPA

Critics have accused the Netherlands of jeopardising the future of the European Union with its strident opposition to joint debt issuance in response (...)

Pigeons gather on Piazza del Duomo by Milan’s cathedral in northern Italy on March 10th.Photograph: Miguel Medina/AFP

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte is preparing to increase Italy’s fiscal stimulus program for the fourth time in a month, officials said, after t(...)

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(...)

   Prime minister António Costa  in Lisbon on October 6th during the Portuguese general election.  Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Portugal appears to be heading towards a modified version of its leftist governing partnership after the Socialist Party’s victory in Sunday’s general(...)

Socialist party candidate and Portuguese outgoing prime minister Antonio Costa, centre, during the general election. Photograph: Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP via Getty

Portugal’s ruling Socialists won Sunday’s parliamentary election with more votes than four years ago but are still likely to fall short of having an o(...)

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