Pope Francis greets Helma Schmidt, (right) who was his host during his stay in Germany in 1985, and European Parliament president Martin Schulz at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/EPA

Pope’s address to MEPs highlights change to ‘less Eurocentric’ world

Pope Francis arrives to address European Parliament  in Strasbourg. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Pontiff calls on European Parliament to ‘keep democracy alive’

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: “I’m not against tax competition. I’m against unfair tax competition, however. My commission will work flat out to combat that.” Photograph: Paul Matthews/G20 Australia via Getty Images

European Commission to work to combat unfair tax competition, says president

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom,  who flies to Washington for talks on December 9th, amid concern about Washington’s commitment to concluding the negotiations before the next US election. Photograph: PA

Government research estimates Irish exports could be boosted by 2.7% with US trade agreement

Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton is seeking clarity on EU-US trade deal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership expected to boost EU growth

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton: says water charges avoided ‘having to put more taxes on work at a time when we are trying to create employment’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Enterprise says water charges fairer than raising money via income tax

The Council of Europe building in Strasbourg. A council group, Greco, noted   “with concern” in their report  that the disclosure of confidential communication can lead to up to six months in prison in Ireland

Report expresses “growing concern” over corruption in Ireland

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan: “We’ve had a very slow response to position papers that have been put to the American side.”

Hogan calls on US to make its priorities known as presidential elections loom

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager: said Apple inquiry will be completed before any investigation into LuxLeaks revelations begins. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Investigation will be completed next year, says European competition commissioner

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