UK’s neighbours criticise Covid policies as cases begin to surge across EU

Several European nations have questioned British response but there are growing signs of fresh wave across continent Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage For the past several weeks, many western European countries have been eyeing Covid case numbers across the Channel with mounting trepidation. “Why does Britain have more than 40,000 Covid […]

Split over surge in energy prices overshadows EU climate strategy

Viktor Orbán claims bloc’s approach is ‘utopian fantasy’ that will increase prices and ‘destroy the middle class’ European Union leaders have exposed their differences over how to tackle a surge in energy prices, as Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, dismissed some of the bloc’s plans to confront the climate emergency as “utopian fantasy”. Ahead of […]

Syrian family sue EU border agency over removal from Greece

Family who were sent to Turkey despite lodging asylum claims take case to European court Five years to the day after a family of Syrian refugees were bundled on to a plane and deported to Turkey despite having lodged asylum claims in Greece, they are taking their case to the European court of justice. In […]

Facebook to create 10,000 jobs in EU to help build ‘metaverse’

Social network says it wants to ensure virtual world is built responsibly Facebook is creating 10,000 jobs in the EU as part of its push to build a virtual world for its users. The company has trumpeted the “metaverse” as the next big phase of growth for large tech companies and recently announced a $50m […]

Frost says there is big gap between UK and EU at Northern Ireland Brexit talks

Brussels has been ‘preparing for worst’, with options ranging from tariffs on UK imports to ditching deal David Frost, the UK’s Brexit minister, has warned there is a big gap between the EU and the UK negotiating positions as he enters talks with the European Commission over changes to the arrangements for trade between Great […]

Hope and fear in EU as hardliner tipped to be German finance minister

Prospect of the FDP’s Christian Lindner taking charge has ‘half of Europe quaking in its boots’ Germany’s biggest neighbours are watching the formation of the country’s new government with a mixture of hope and fear, amid concerns that a fiscal hardliner hotly tipped to become the next finance minister could drag the continent back to […]

Pegasus project consortium awarded EU prize for spyware revelations

Group of 17 organisations including the Guardian win inaugural Daphne Caruana Galizia prize for journalism The European parliament has jointly awarded a major journalism prize to a consortium of 17 media outlets including the Guardian for the Pegasus spyware scandal revelations. A series of stories over the summer revealed evidence that global clients of the […]

EU offers to scrap 80% of NI food checks but prepares for Johnson to reject deal

Maroš Šefčovič attempts to end tussle at press conference but ‘big gap’ remains to UK’s demands The EU will scrap 80% of checks on foods entering Northern Ireland from Britain but Brussels officials were “preparing for the worst” amid signs Boris Johnson is set to reject the terms of the deal. Maroš Šefčovič, the EU’s […]

EU aims for greater Arctic role and calls for oil, coal and gas to stay in the ground

Bloc says it needs to play greater part in region, citing global heating and possible tensions over resources The European Union has called for oil, coal and gas in the Arctic to stay in the ground, as it announced aspirations to play a greater role in the world’s northernmost region. The EU, which has three […]

EU energy official says bloc must end reliance on foreign fossil fuels

Kadri Simson points to Russia’s failure to increase gas supplies as reason to scale up renewables Russia’s failure to boost short-term supplies to ease Europe’s energy price shock shows why the EU needs to wean itself off foreign fossil fuels and scale up renewables, the bloc’s top energy official has said. Kadri Simson, the European […]

EU ready to scrap most post-Brexit checks on British goods entering NI

Offer to lift up to 50% of customs checks aims to turn page on troubled relationship with Boris Johnson What next for the Northern Ireland protocol? The EU will offer to remove a majority of post-Brexit checks on British goods entering Northern Ireland as it seeks to turn the page on the rancorous relationship with […]

The Guardian view on Poland’s challenge to EU law: crossing a line | Editorial

A ruling by the country’s constitutional tribunal is designed to undermine the European project from within “We are staying!” – that was the slogan of choice for more than 100,000 protesters who marched through Warsaw on Sunday, expressing their fury at the idea of a possible “Polexit” from the European Union. For now, there is […]

EU considers natural gas purchase in response to surging energy prices

A ‘strategic reserve’ of gas to be released in an emergency is one idea being floated, according to a source The EU is considering joint purchase of natural gas in response to the energy price surge that has sent household bills and industrial costs soaring across the continent. One idea being floated by the European […]

EU member states to issue joint warning to UK over reduced fishing rights

Fourteen countries likely to take tough stance in future talks about fisheries if access to UK waters does not improve Fourteen EU member states are preparing to issue a joint declaration accusing the British government of risking “significant economic and social damage” to their fishing communities, as wider relations appear close to breaking point. In […]

Trade war looms as UK set to spurn EU offer on Northern Ireland

EU leaders urged to push back against No 10’s brinkmanship over role of European Court of Justice Fears that the UK is heading for a trade war with the EU have been fuelled by strong indications from the government that proposals presented in Brussels on Wednesday over Brexit arrangements do not go far enough. The […]

EU could lift ban on UK sausages to sweeten Northern Ireland deal

Brussels to offer substantial package of proposals to improve post-Brexit arrangements The EU will seek to sweeten its package of proposals over the post-Brexit arrangements for Northern Ireland by lifting a prohibition on sausages made in Britain. The EU’s Brexit commissioner, Maroš Šefčovič, will table four papers on Wednesday as to how the Northern Ireland […]

Brussels vows swift response to Poland’s ruling against EU law

Ursula von der Leyen says European Commission will decide on next steps to take The head of the European Commission has vowed a swift response to a ruling from Poland’s top court rejecting the supremacy of EU law, which has thrown relations between Brussels and Warsaw into a crisis. Ursula von der Leyen said she […]

Polish court rules EU laws incompatible with its constitution

Country takes big step towards ‘legal Polexit’ against backdrop of rows between ruling nationalists and Brussels Poland’s constitutional tribunal has ruled that some EU laws are in conflict with the country’s constitution, taking a major step towards a “legal Polexit” with far-reaching consequences for Warsaw’s funding and future relations with the bloc. The tribunal, whose […]

EU citizens face losing benefits if they fail to update DWP profile

People unaware they need to input code on universal credit website could drop off system, charities warn EU citizens on benefits could lose their universal credit in three weeks’ time unless they evidence their right to be in the UK, charity workers have warned. The Work Rights Centre (WRC) says it has been told by […]

UK promises ‘robust’ reaction if EU starts trade war over Northern Ireland

Brexit minister says he expects Brussels response to UK demand to renegotiate protocol within 10 days The UK will react in a “robust” manner if the EU launches a retaliatory trade war in the event of Brexit talks on Northern Ireland breaking down, the government has warned. The Brexit minister, David Frost, said he expected […]

Concerns grow over Poland’s treatment of migrants stuck at Belarus border

Warsaw defies critics to extend state of emergency as it seeks to portray migrants as dangerous Concerns over Poland’s treatment of migrants stranded on its border with Belarus are mounting after Warsaw this week ignored domestic and international criticism to extend a state of emergency and sought to portray them as dangerous deviants. The European […]

Coronavirus live news: UK reports 36,480 new cases; Slovenian court blocks vaccine mandate for public sector workers

UK also reports 137 further deaths; court ruling comes as country struggles to boost one of lowest vaccination levels in EU Ditching furlough will add to UK economic woes, warn unions and firms Brazil hospital chain accused of hiding deaths and giving unproven drugs Uganda’s schools at risk as teachers find new work during Covid […]

EU lawmakers vote to prolong fossil fuel gas subsidies until 2027

Campaigners voice dismay after rule permitting gas pipelines where energy is mixed with hydrogen European lawmakers have voted to prolong subsidies for fossil fuel gas until 2027, opening a potential backdoor for pollution that campaigners said would be a disaster for the climate if it becomes law. Members of the European parliament’s industry committee voted […]

Climate funding target for poorer countries ‘likely to be met’ by 2022

Rich states missed $100bn target in 2020 but recent pledges by US, EU and China have lifted prospects, says economist Developing countries could receive long-promised funds to help them tackle the climate crisis as soon as next year, in a major boost for the prospects of success at the Cop26 climate summit, the climate economist […]

EU fears citizens will be barred from flights to UK due to rules confusion

Airlines may turn away EU nationals with settled status due to complex residency rules, says Brussels Concerns have been raised that EU citizens living in the UK may not be allowed to board flights into the country because of confusion created by new government rules over ID cards and passports. From 1 October, EU citizens […]

Boris Johnson talks up ‘solid steps’ on US trade as lamb deal agreed

PM says in Washington he has ‘every confidence a great deal is there to be done’ on transatlantic trade The US will start to allow imports of UK lamb for the first time in decades, Boris Johnson has said, as he used his trip to Washington to talk up what he termed “solid incremental steps” […]

Britain’s hopes of early post-Brexit trade deal with US appear dashed

Little likelihood of progress on free-trade agreement as Biden focuses attention elsewhere, say insiders Britain’s hopes of a post-Brexit trade deal with the US have all but evaporated barring a dramatic change of heart from Joe Biden, it emerged on Tuesday as Boris Johnson held face-to-face talks in the White House. Johnson once regarded a […]

Global wildfire carbon dioxide emissions at record high, data shows

Figures from EU monitoring service for August are highest since it began measurements in 2003 August was another record month for global wildfire emissions, according to new satellite data that highlights how tinderbox conditions are widening across the world as a result of the climate crisis. The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service of the EU found […]

Covid live: US Covid deaths reach average of 1,900 a day; 31,564 new cases in UK

Average deaths per day day have climbed 40% over the past two weeks in United States; UK figures show 203 further deaths have been reported EU set to accept NHS pass as proof of vaccination Trials begin on Covid booster jab hoped to beat new variants Covid-19 has now killed as many Americans as the […]

Coronavirus live news: 1.5million people in England to receive booster jab invite

Texts and letters will be sent to eligible people who had their second vaccine at least six months ago To mask or not to mask? Opinion split on London underground Slow but steady has seen the EU win out in the vaccine race Ministers told to bar EU from UK trial data in vaccines row […]