Brussels and London settle row over status of EU ambassador to UK

British government grants full diplomatic status after months of refusing to accede to EU demands A row over the status of the EU’s ambassador to the UK has been settled, with the British government granting full diplomatic status after months of refusing to accede to Brussels’ demands. In a joint statement, the UK foreign Secretary, […]

The Guardian view on foreign policy after Brexit: growing pains

Washington is waiting for Boris Johnson to realise that he needs a constructive strategic partnership with his European neighbours It is not unusual for disputes between neighbours to be petty, but small spats express major misunderstandings. So it is with Brexit. There are tensions wherever the boundaries of the UK meet the EU. In the […]

Tory quarrels determined UK’s post-Brexit future, says Barnier

Revealed: EU chief negotiator’s diaries, The Great Illusion, give blow-by-blow account of moves behind UK’s departure Britain’s post-Brexit future was determined by “the quarrels, low blows, multiple betrayals and thwarted ambitions of a certain number of Tory MPs”, the EU’s chief negotiator has said in his long-awaited diaries. The UK’s early problem, writes Michel Barnier […]

Michel Barnier on Brexit – in his own words

Key excerpts from the newly published diaries of the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Tory quarrels determined UK’s post-Brexit future, says Barnier Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, has released his long-awaited diaries. Here he is in his own words on some of Brexit’s key personalities and issues: On the then prime minister Theresa May: […]

UK hints it will give full diplomatic status to EU ambassador

Dominic Raab says he wants to turn page on Brexit saga and treat EU with respect it deserves The government has hinted that it will grant full diplomatic status to the EU ambassador to the UK, with the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, saying he is looking to turn the page on the Brexit saga and […]

‘Quite a challenge’: UK restaurants and pubs face staffing crisis after Brexit

Venues aim to recruit after Covid but face lack of supply of skilled people from the EU Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The hospitality industry is facing a staffing crisis as restaurants and pubs say that up to a quarter of those employed before the Covid-19 pandemic will not return. The […]

English travellers to get one-week notice of overseas rule easing as ministers play it safe

Initial green list of countries requiring no quarantine to be determined but not expected to include EU countries Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Holidaymakers and airlines could get as little as one week’s notice of the rules to allow overseas travel from England this month, as government sources insisted they would […]

Climate crisis: our children face wars over food and water, EU deputy warns

Exclusive: Frans Timmermans says older people need to make sacrifices to protect the future Older people will have to make sacrifices in the fight against climate change or today’s children will face a future of fighting wars for water and food, the EU’s deputy chief has warned. Frans Timmermans, vice-president of the EU commission, said […]

EU condemns ‘groundless’ Russian sanctions against its officials

Brussels promises to retaliate against move, which Moscow says was a response to punitive EU measures in March The EU has accused Russia of seeking confrontation after the Kremlin sanctioned senior officials in Brussels and the president of the European parliament in a retaliatory move. In a joint statement by Ursula von der Leyen, Charles […]

Is Russia’s Covid vaccine anything more than a political weapon?

Observers say the Sputnik V jab is aimed more at sowing political division than fighting coronavirus Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine has yet to win EU regulatory approval and is likely to play little part in the bloc’s rollout, but it has already achieved what some observers […]

Apple accused of breaking EU law over App Store sales fees

iPhone and iPad maker distorts competition for streaming services such as Spotify, says commissioner Apple has been accused of breaking EU law by charging high fees and setting unfair rules on those selling their products in its App Store, resulting typically in a 30% price hike for paying customers. Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for […]

Colette: former French Resistance member confronts fascism and family trauma after 75 years

Colette has won the Academy Award in the category of best documentary short. This has been made possible by people like you supporting The Guardian’s independent, audience-funded publishing – we and the filmmakers thank you. Help sustain our future by making a contribution today, from as little as $1 90-year-old Colette Marin-Catherine confronts her past by […]

Bulgarian prosecutors allege Russian links to arms depot explosions

Foreign ministry claims it has established a connection between six Russian nationals and the explosions Bulgarian prosecutors have established links between six Russian nationals who spent time in Bulgaria and four explosions at arms depots in the EU country between 2011 and 2020. Moscow accused Bulgarian officials of trying to outdo authorities in Prague who […]

Tourism to EU countries this summer may require multiple Covid certificates

Bloc warns of ‘fragmentation’ if member states fail to agree on common travel pass Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage British and European holidaymakers should be able to visit EU countries this summer but may have to deal with multiple, potentially unconnected health certificates unless the bloc can agree on cost, privacy […]

The Guardian view on fire-and-rehire business tactics: change the law | Editorial

Bullying employees to accept worse terms and conditions has become commonplace during the pandemic. The government must intervene Earlier this year, it was reported that government discussions had taken place over the possible removal of employment protections enshrined in EU law. Kwasi Kwarteng, the secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, responded with […]

EU starts legal action against AstraZeneca over vaccine shortfalls

Firm says it will ‘strongly defend itself’ against claim it breached agreement to supply Covid jab Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage AstraZeneca said it would “strongly defend itself in court” and highlighted its supply of 50m Covid vaccine doses to European countries as Brussels launched legal action against the pharmaceutical company […]

‘I don’t trust him’: little buzz for Salmond or election in Scotland’s north-east

Region is a key battleground between the SNP and Tories, while mentions of Alba mostly elicit shakes of the head Sixteen-year-old Harvey Buchan will cast his first vote in Scottish parliament elections on 6 May, but as he paces the deck of a trawler in Peterhead harbour he admits it is hard to summon much […]

UK imposes sanctions on 14 Russians under new anti-corruption regulations

Experts welcome new regime but call on UK government to strengthen domestic anti-corruption measures Fourteen Russian nationals accused of conspiring in a $230m (£166m) grand corruption scheme are among those hit with asset freezes and travel bans under the first sanctions to be imposed by the UK since it left the EU. In a statement […]

‘It’s a betrayal’: Cornish fishing vote turns against Tories over Brexit deal

In Newlyn, anger at red tape and the falling price of fish looks certain to be felt at council polls Michael Bosustow rubs his weary eyes as he climbs out of the cabin of his netter, Annie-May, which is tied up on the harbourside in Newlyn, near the western tip of Cornwall. He has been […]

Labour group urges Keir Starmer to back better Brexit deal

MPs and activists urge their leader to commit to aligning Britain with Brussels and restoring EU programmes Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, is coming under pressure from Europhile MPs and party activists to support sweeping changes to the Brexit deal as concern rises about the damage it is doing to Britain’s economy and jobs and […]

Ignoring the will of the Scots would be an act worthy of Trump | Nicola Sturgeon

If there is a majority in the Scottish elections for an independence vote, it has to go ahead The Covid pandemic has required every nation to reimagine its future and how best to recover from the biggest crisis of our times. Most countries have the ability to chart that recovery for themselves, in cooperation with […]

Coronavirus live news: India sees global record cases for second day; EU to strike world’s largest vaccine deal with Pfizer

India’s total has now passed 16 million; European commission expects to buy 1.8bn doses; new ‘emergency brake’ in Germany from Saturday Delhi hospitals run out of oxygen as India’s Covid crisis mounts UK’s south Asian diaspora despairs as India joins Covid red list Everest cases shine harsh light on Nepalese decision to open mountain UK […]

Which country has made the biggest climate commitment?

The US, EU and UK are leading the race to cut emissions targets among the world’s biggest economies Well, it’s complicated. The UK has committed to cut emissions at a faster rate than other developed nations, with a target of 68% cuts by 2030. That’s measured against its emissions in 1990; over the last few […]

Brexit: ponies held for month in Belfast port freed after court ruling

Judge urges Brussels to review rule on quarantining animals and ‘to allow scope for application of common sense’ Four ponies held at Belfast port for a month owing to Brexit paperwork concerns are to be freed after a court ruling. In the first case of its kind since the UK left the EU, a judge […]

Coronavirus live: EU asks states to support legal action against AstraZeneca; UK finds 55 more cases of Indian variant

Some member states raise concerns over wisdom of action, saying it could undermine confidence in vaccine; further cases of B.1.617 found in Britain Revealed: big shortfall in Covax Covid vaccine-sharing scheme India hits global record of 315,000 new daily cases as Covid wave worsens EU states begin using single-dose J&J Covid vaccine ‘The system has […]

EU’s legal pursuit of AstraZeneca looks short-sighted

Only semi-guaranteed outcome is that big pharma will never again agree to work for no profit during a pandemic It’s been hard to keep up with the European commission and EU leaders’ changing stances on the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine. But the ferocity of complaints about delayed deliveries seemed to have lessened in recent weeks. When […]

Revealed: residency loophole in Malta’s cash-for-passports scheme

Leaked files show applicants leave homes empty for most of year while claiming ‘genuine link’ to EU country How ‘golden passports’ firm lays on VIP service to colourful list of clients Super-rich Russians, Chinese and Saudis have secured unrestricted access to the EU via a Maltese cash-for-passports scheme that requires them to spend less than […]

EU asks states to back legal action against AstraZeneca

Commission move causes concern about bringing case against key supplier of Covid vaccines Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage EU capitals have been asked by the European commission to back legal action against AstraZeneca by the end of the week over an alleged breach of its contractual obligations to supply member states […]

Coronavirus live news: Greece suspends rollout of Johnson & Johnson vaccine; EU may not renew AZ contract

Greece halts J&J rollout pending EMA review; commissioner says AstraZeneca only delivered 30m doses of 120m ordered Indian expansion of Covid vaccine drive may further strain supplies Thailand and Cambodia rush to halt waves of Covid cases Ontario shifts strategy as it scrambles to combat worsening outbreak Under-30s less compliant with Covid rules, UK data […]

Half of Brexit supporters were not ‘left behind’ red wall voters

Research sheds fresh light on motivations and aspirations of typical Brexit voter in Britain The notion that the typical Brexit supporter was a working-class voter “left behind” in a red-wall constituency or dilapidated seaside town has been upended by research that shows half of leave voters were comfortably well off. They did not have huge […]