Independent MEP Luke Ming Flanagan urged incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker  to honour his commitment to  Ireland regarding bank debt. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

MEPs urge incoming European Commission president to honour commitment

Jean-Claude Juncker, European Peoples’ Party group candidate designate for the presidency of the European Commission (left) and Nigel Farage, chairman of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group of the European Parliament, in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

Europe Letter: European Parliament needs to demonstrate its democratic credentials

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble insisted  legislating for direct ESM recapitalisations  would did not open the floodgates and allow problem banks empty the rescue fund. Photograph: Eric Luke

Draft Bill backing principle of ESM covering legacy debt goes to Bundestag for approval

Italian Socialist vice-president of the Parliament Gianni Pittella (left) and European Peoples’ Party group candidate designate for the presidency of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker at the start of a meeting with political group of the parliament in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

French economy minister Pierre Moscovici believed to be other main candidate

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan speaks to journalists prior to a meeting of the Eurogroup  in Brussels yesterday. EPA/Julien Warnand

Minister for Finance rejects criticism of multinational deals as view of two MPs

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble with the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Eric Luke

Stance puts Minister for Finance at odds with German counterpart Schäuble

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said a sugestion by Ibec that a budget adjustment of just €200 million would be sufficient to reach the State’s deficit target is a “guesstimate”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Finance supports Italian calls for greater flexibility in EU fiscal rules

A first day of talks between Taoiseach Enda Kenny and newly appointed Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton on the Cabinet reshuffle and their priorities in Coalition have come to a close.

First talks between Kenny and Burton come to an end without any major outcome being reached

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “I think we both want the Government to continue its mandate”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Kenny holds first meeting with new Tánaiste on policy and reshuffle

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