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French president Emmanuel Macron promoted Clément Beaune to minister of state for European affairs in July. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

In the autumn of 2001, a young French student called Clément Beaune arrived at Dublin airport to begin a year’s study at Trinity College under the EU’(...)

In a sign that the talks are entering their final stage, four officials from the European Commission’s communications team joined the negotiators in London.   Photograph: Bloomberg

Trade talks between the EU and Britain were paused last night after the chief negotiators – Michel Barnier and David Frost – said “significant diverg(...)

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier leaves a hotel on his way to a conference centre in central London on Friday as talks continue on a trade deal between the EU and the UK. Photograph: Tolga Akmen / AFP

France has warned that it will veto any trade deal between the EU and UK unless it meets its requirements as talks intensified in London to try to sea(...)

A staff member at the port of Calais on Thursday, as French authorities make preparations ahead of the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31st. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

British threats to reintroduce legislation that would violate last year’s Northern Ireland protocol are a misguided attempt to put pressure on the EU (...)

‘We need to make sure that jobs and investment are protected,’ said Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The blocking of the European Union’s €1.8 trillion budget and Covid-19 pandemic fund by Hungary and Poland has led to warnings of a crisis in the bloc(...)

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, departing his hotel in London last week before heading back to Brussels. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

UK and European Union negotiators are locked in closed negotiations in Brussels this week as they push for a breakthrough to prevent a crash in trade (...)

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier alonside European Council president Charles Michel at the EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

European Union leaders have told London to compromise to break a deadlock in talks and avoid deep disruption to trade relations between the bloc and i(...)

European Commission’s  Michel Barnier and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: not enough progress to reach a deal with London. Photograph:  Virginia Mayo

Several European Union member states including France are stepping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit as talks with Britain reach a decisive moment.(...)

The UK’s announcement last month that it would unilaterally rewrite parts of the Brexit divorce agreement has stoked distrust of Boris Johnson in EU capitals. Photograph: Toby Melville/PA Wire

European Union leaders will discuss preparations for the potential collapse of trade talks with the UK when they hold a summit later this week after F(...)

France’s European affairs minister Clement Beaune: Paris will push for rules to would bar countries that do not respect democratic norms from receiving aid from the EU’s €750 billion coronavirus recovery fund. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP

There are signs of hardening attitudes towards the erosion of democratic norms and judicial independence in Poland and Hungary throughout the European(...)

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