Clockwise from main: current president Herman Van Rompuy, Enda Kenny, Donald Tusk, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Andrus Ansip, Jyrki Katainen, Valdis Dombrovskis. PHOTOGRAPHS: Reuters, Bloomberg

As EU leaders gather in Brussels we look at the contenders to be Herman Van Rompuy's successor

Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Union. Photograph: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Indecision a source of embarrassment in face of political unrest and deflation threat

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, speaking yesterday in Kiev after the army lost a key town to separatists, said the situation in the conflict zone in the east was “extraordinarily difficult . . . but controllable”.

Summit will repeat demands for ‘sustainable political solution’ to Ukraine war

Phil Hogan: to  hold his first formal meeting with commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker next week. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Return of former Italian minister to race for foreign policy post opens door for Irish commissioner

The Coalition is trying to avoid any inadvertent boost to the property market through support for first-time buyers

Data on recovery of mortgage-backed purchases sparks fear of fuelling bubble

The Government’s ongoing review of the corporate tax regime follows relentless international pressure over the tax strategies deployed in Ireland by big American groups such as Apple and Google

Calls for change is not about 12.5% corporate tax rate, but trappings alongside it

 The OECD review  into overhaul global tax ruleswas initiated by global leaders, among them US president Barack Obama, who are concerned that multinational groups are deploying aggressive practices to avoid paying tax. Photograph: Sara D Davis/Getty Images

Irish action before similar steps by other countries ‘may not be prudent’

Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness at the funeral of Mr Reynolds at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Miriam Reynolds tells of her father’s tenacity in the face of adversity

 Former British prime minister Sir John Major at the funeral. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fr Brian D’Arcy tells mourners how the late taoiseach prepared to build peace

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