The summit  of EU leaders will be  the first under new European Council president Donald Tusk.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Some member states have led push to put aggressive corporate tax planning on agenda

Israeli soldiers prepare to remove an armed Jewish settler as he tries to stop Palestinian farmers (unseen) from ploughing their fields near the West Bank village of Jaloud, near Nablus. Photograph: EPA/Alaa Badarneh

Vote taken hours after EU General Court effectively ordered removal of Palestinian group Hamas from terrorist blacklist

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan meeting water protesters in Dublin this month. Neither Mr Flanagan nor Brian Crowley attended this week’s session of the parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Collins Photos

MEPs entitled to daily subsistence allowance of €304 and monthly stipend of €4,299 for ‘general expenditure’

Brian Crowley: has been confined to Cork University Hospital due to ill health

One can empathise with personal cases but Ireland’s voice in Europe is vital

New European Council president Donald Tusk of Poland before a meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels. Today’s EU summit will bethe first under the leadership of Mr Tusk. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Merkel officials concerned Juncker investment plan will be politically led

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. EPA/Julien Warnand

Diplomatic move is bid to improve the humanitarian situation in Syria

Minister for the Marine Simon Coveney said the cuts in the white fish quotas were ‘unacceptable’. Photograph: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

‘Dramatic’ cuts not backed up by ‘dramatic science’, says Minister for Marine

Luke Ming Flanagan said that ultimately his family comes first. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Dara Murphy responds to research showing Ireland has worse voting rate of all 28 member states

Workers and members of trade unions block a road outside the entrance to an Audi plant in Brussels on December 8th. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Strikes expected to shut schools, transport and government offices

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