Donald Tusk:  Twenty-five years after the Berlin Wall’s fall and 10 years after Poland and a wave of former communist countries joined the EU, the union has appointed its first eastern European leader, one who speaks neither English nor French. Photograph:EPA

Polish prime minister’s appointment likely to be seen as turning point in EU history

 A number of EU commissioner designates, including Irish nominee Phil Hogan (above), will meet incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker this week in Brussels. Photograph: David Sleator

Taoiseach’s remarks suggest Phil Hogan may be in line for portfolio other than agriculture

Incoming European Council president Donald Tusk: said it was possible to combine fiscal discipline and economic growth in Europe. Photograph: Yves Herman

Polish president of European Council ready to ‘take on the concerns of the UK’

Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk arriving at the European Council headquarters before an EU summit in Brussels. European Union leaders chose Tusk as the new president of their Council today. Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says economy is a key challenge for new EU leader

War weary: British soldiers at Mons in August 1914. Photograph: Mansell/Life/Getty (Digitally enhanced)

The first World War started a century ago on Monday. In one of the first towns to be attacked, at the start of a battle that Irish(...)

Irish writer  Francis Ledwidge, pictured around 1915. An event will take place in Brussels today to commemorate both  Ledwidge and Welsh poet Hedd Wyn. The two poets never met, but they were both killed during the first World War on July 31st, 1917. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Europe Letter: Irish writer Francis Ledwidge and Welsh poet Hedd Wyn were both killed in action 97 years ago today

A building in Kramatorsk destroyed in fighting between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces which continued to rage a day after the EU and US announced economic sanctions against Russia over its complicity in the crisis. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Analysis: sanctions ratcheted up in light of flight MH17 but there are still get-out clauses

The new round of sanctions targets Russian oil, rather than gas, outlawing exports of oil exploration equipment to Russia. About 30 per cent of the European Union’s gas supply comes from Russia.Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Co-ordinated approach targets trade, energy, banks, technology, arms and finance sector

The move sparked fury from the Opposition and criticism of newly appointed Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Republic’s role in Gaza resolution part of EU issue

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