The plan, announced by ECB president Mario Draghi in September, aims to take rebundled debt off the balance sheets of euro-zone banks. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Central bank focuses on short-dated debt held by French and Spanish banks

 Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said the meeting had been positive and constructive. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Member states will look to pool strengths and resources in fight against disease

An employee of a factory tries on special Ebola gear in Berkel en Rodenrijs, The Netherlands. The WHO has declared Nigeria Ebola free after a 42 day period with no new cases elapsed. Photograph: Remko De Waal/EPA

Charlie Flanagan says “absolutely essential” to protect Irish working in West Africa

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan: “I will be inputting the views of our ambassador regarding the situation on the ground in Sierra Leone.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister Charlie Flanagan to meet European counterparts to plan co-ordinated response

State-aid inquiries: outgoing EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia at a news conference at the EU Commission on the corporate taxation of Amazon in Luxembourg. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Involvement of commission’s competition arm represents a new front in EU’s influence over corporate tax regimes

EU health commissioner Tonio Borg: EU would look into “conflicting reports” about whether screening in west African countries is good enough. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Health commissioner says question of passenger screenings up to individual countries

The dissolution of the Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group will be a significant blow to  Ukip as it prepares for next May’s general election in Britain.  Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Eurosceptic party set to lose access to millions of euro in funding

Violeta Bulc of Slovenia will be assigned the transport portfolio, while Slovak nominee Maros Sefcovic has been elevated to the position of vice-president for energy union. Photograph: EPA/Igor Kupljenik

Reshuffle after Slovenian candidate Alenka Bratusek was rejected by MEPs

Italy’s finance minister Pier Padoan (left) chats with his French counterpart Michel Sapin prior to the EU euro group finance ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. France and Italy, the euro zone’s second and third largest economies, are struggling to rein in dangerous deficit and debt levels.

Berlin’s hardline views could come in for revision as threat of recession looms

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