MEPS have told Mario Draghi that Irish banks are overcharging their customers. Photograph: EPA

ECB should address standard variable products, letter says

EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly published a report last year which found the European Commission’s approach to publicising meetings with  lobbyists was “inadequate, unreliable and unsatisfactory”. Photograph: Alan Betson

The murky world of tobacco lobbying remains a powerful force in Brussels

A baby at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border. Hanging the country out to dry and expelling it from the euro area as it grapples with Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War is not an option.  REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

Europe’s twin challenges of the refugee crisis and the Brexit referendum may strengthen Greece’s hand as it enters a crucial stage(...)

Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos: the eurogroup and IMF have announced that Greece should prepare an extra €3.6 billion in cuts if it fails to meet primary surplus target of 3.5% by 2018 . Photograph: François Lenoir

Euro zone finance ministers on standby for extraordinary eurogroup meeting on Greece

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde has described the approach to the Greek crisis as a “two legged” approach. Photograph: Stephen Jaffe/EPA

Eurogroup of finance ministers agree to endorse a new ‘contingency package’

While the blocs are working closely on some issues they are far apart on others, in particular data privacy

The government of  Alexis Tsipras has pushed through dozens of reforms, but many outstanding issues remain. Photograph: EPA

Amsterdam meeting expected to expose differences between IMF and Greece’s EU lenders

The commission accuses Google of abusing its market dominance by preinstalling apps on the Android devices it sells in Europe, while also preloading Google Search as the default search engine in some cases. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Europe Letter: Many in US see Google case as part of clampdown on US multinationals

Children cover their faces to protect themselves from dust amid strong winds at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni on Wednesday. Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/ AFP/Getty Images

UNHCR says hundreds of migrants may have drowned in Mediterranean this week

The accusation that Google is abusing the dominant market position of its Android operating system is the latest in a series of clampdowns by the European Commission on US multinational companies. File photograph: Peter Power/Reuters

Google has 12 weeks to respond to charge and could face European Commission fine

British foreign secretary Philip Hammond (centre right) tours a naval base with Libya’s prime minister-designate Fayez Sarraj (centre left) during his visit to Tripoli on Monday. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Spain and France press for mandate to enter Libyan waters amid fear of rise in refugees

Vote on Passenger Name Records before European Parliament on Thursday

Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Europe Letter: MEPs call for EU information to be included in member states’ classrooms

A boy stands outside a tent at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Donald Tusk defends European Union’s response to the refugee crisis

European Commissioners Pierre Moscovici, Jonathan Hill and Dimitris Avramopoulos: Mr Hill has defended the EU’s decision to confine rules on tax reporting to companies with revenues exceeding €750 million. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Firms with revenues of over €750m would have to disclose details under proposed law

Independent MEP Nessa Childers says the  new Passenger Name Records  directive is “a bad deal for both the liberty and the security of European citizens”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin MEPs and Nessa Childers to vote against legislation in European Parliament

Disclosure rules to apply for firms doing more than €750m of business in Europe

No surprise that David Cameron urged young people to vote. Photograph:  Kerry Davies/AFP/Getty Images

Nationalist backlash across EU sparked by lack of democratic accountability

European Commissioner in charge of economic and financial affairs Pierre Moscovici. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

European Commission to unveil new reporting rules following Panama Papers revelations

Mohamed Abrini:  admitted to Belgian police he was “the man in the hat” who had been captured in CCTV footage alongside two other Brussels Airport bombers minutes before two explosions at the city’s airport on March 22nd. Photograph:  Belgian federal police/AFP/Getty Images

Terrorists changed target after Paris suspect Salah Abdeslam’s arrest, prosecutors say

Activists swim as they try to interfere the deportation of  migrants on board a ferry set to sail for Turkey in the port of Mytilini on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph:  Petros Giannakouris/AP

Protests in Lesbos as boats resume between Greece and Turkey under EU deal

Paris attacks suspects Mohamed Abrini and  Salah Abdeslam (right) in north Paris on November 11th, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Mohamed Abrini detained and thought to be ‘man in the hat’ at Zaventem airport

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: Dutch voters rejected the trade deal by almost two to one. in Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

‘As far as France and Germany, we will continue to support Ukraine,’ says Hollande

The “man in hat”  suspect in the attack  at the Brussels international airport of Zaventem,  seen in a still from CCTV footage made available by Belgian Police.  File photograph: Belgian Federal Police/Reuters

Authorities especially interested in anyone who may have filmed or photographed man

First vice-president of the European Commission Frans Timmermans casting his vote in the Dutch referendum on the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine. Photograph: AFP Photo/Marcel van Hoorn

Eurosceptics say No vote in referendum equals blow against ‘Brussels elite’

Migrants and refugees protest to have a border gate opened at their makeshift camp in the northern Greek border village of Idomeni on Wednesday. Photograph:  Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Peter Sutherland welcomes pledge to reform Dublin rule for ‘catastrophic situation’

A man holds his hands up behind a chain link fence as Pakistani and Afghan migrants protest inside the Moria detention centre in Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos on Tuesday  against deportation to Turkey.  Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Relocation plan slowed by delays in processing migrants at EU ‘hotspots’ in Greece and Italy

 Syrian refugees arrive at Hannover Airport in  Germany on Monday under the controversial “one for one” plan. Photograph: Holger Hollemann/EPA

European Commission welcomes ‘logical’ system as human rights bodies critical

Salah Abdeslam has been been held in a high-security jail since his dramatic arrest at a Brussels flat on Friday. AFP/Getty Images

Belgian court makes decision after lawyer says terror suspect wishes to co-operate

Commuters near Brussels Central Station as they return to work after the Easter holidays. The mayor of Brussels, Yvan Mayeur, says the EU’s capital can never go back to “normal” again. Photograph: AP Photo/Alastair Grant

As suspects remain at large, the country seeks to manage its complex politics

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel (right) with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in Brussels on Wednesday during a state visit by Mr Modi. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Brussels attacks: details of Charles Michel’s office found on computer, says reports

People gather at the Place de la Bourse to pay tribute to the victims of Tuesday’s bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium, March 25th, 2016. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Prosecutor denies media reports of nuclear access badge being stolen by militants

On guard: special police in Brussels on Thursday, as investigations continued into the terror attacks on the city. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

The Belgian capital, one of Europe’s most Islamic cities, faces up to domestic threat

A suspect lies on the platform of a tramway station, in this image taken from amateur video, after he was shot and wounded by police in the Brussels borough of Schaerbeek following Tuesday’s bombings in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph:  Sudpresse via Reuters

Police close in on Paris-Brussels terror cell as DNA confirms link between attacks

A suspect lies on the platform of a tramway station in an image taken from amateur video after he was shot and wounded by police in the Brussels borough of Schaerbeek. Photograph: Sudpresse via Reuters

Claims police interrogated Salah Abdeslam for just one hour before Brussels attacks

Airport bomber Najim Laachraouinm’s DNA found on explosive belts used in France

An agent looks on his computer near luggage collected from the planes, which were on the tarmac at the time of the attacks in  Brussels. Photograph: Lauie Dieffembacq/ AFP /Belga/Getty

How did two people, from the same family and background, choose two so very different paths?

A masked Belgian police officer takes part in police operations in Schaerbeek on Friday following Tuesday’s bomb attacks in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Police in France detain man suspected of being in ‘advanced stages’ of terror plot

Bear witness: A man cloaked in a Belgian flag looks on as hundreds of people at a makeshift memorial gather before Brussels Stock Exchange on Place de la Bourse. Photograph: Getty Images

Fifth suspect may have taken part in attack on metro station, officials believe

Belgian vice-prime minister and interior minister Jan Jambon (left) and Belgian minister of justice Koen Geens observe a minute of silence before a meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

EU ministers meet in Brussels and vow to step up measures to combat terrorism

The wreath laid by Belgium’s King Philippe is seen on grounds of the parliament building in Brussels following Tuesday’s attacks. Photograph: Alastair Grant/AP Photo

Frances Fitzgerald attends emergency EU meeting on security after Brussels attacks

A street memorial to victims of Tuesday’s Zaventem airport bombings is seen in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Death toll may rise above 31 with over 60 people still critical after metro, airport blasts

Masked Belgian police remove evidence from a building in Anderlecht following Tuesday’s bomb attacks in Brussels. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Brussels security issues and police department co-operation spark public anxiety

A banner for the victims of the Brussels bombings reads ‘I am Brussels’ at the Place de la Bourse in  Belgium. Photograph: Martin Meissner/AP Photo

Turkey claims Belgium ignored warning as police continue to search for suspect

Pedestrians cross a street in the European Quarter near Maelbeek  metro station in Brussels a day after triple bomb attacks in the Belgian capital. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

People desperately try to come to terms with deadly bombings in heart of Belgian capital

A CCTV image shows two suspected suicide bombers at Brussels Airport on Tuesday. Photograph: HANDOUT/AFP/Getty Images

Ibrahim el-Bakraoui identified as airport attacker, brother Khalid targetted metro

A CCTV screengrab released on March 22nd by the belgian federal police shows suspects of the attacks at Brussels Airport in Zaventem. Photograph: Belgian Federal Police/AFP/Getty Images

Islamic State claims responsibility for bombings that killed up to 34 people

Members of the public gather at the Place de la Bourse in Brussels to leave messages and tributes following the terrorist bomb attacks. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Belgian police find nail bomb and Isis flag during raid after blasts at airport and metro

British prime minister David Cameron after an EU summit on migrants held at the European Union council building in Brussels earlier this month. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

But the 27 other member states have gone as far as they can go in offering a deal to Britain

German chancellor Angela Merkel gives a joint press conference in Brussels during the European Union summit to discuss the ongoing refugee crisis. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

German leader Angela Merkel says resettlement programme must clear obstacles

Desperate measures: a Syrian mother carries her daughter after arriving from Turkey on the Greek island of Lesbos. Photograph: Alexander Koerner/Getty

A deal to stop the flow of migrants into the EU is a logistical and humanitarian minefield

Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu (left) shakes hands with president of the European Council Donald Tusk and president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker reaching a deal on migrants in Brussels on Friday. Photograph Carl Court/Getty Images

Under agreement migrants arriving in Greece will be sent back to Turkey

A migrant child stands at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

All migrants arriving in Greece from March 20th will be sent back to Turkey

Children play on the railway tracks at the Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek border with Macedonia on Thursday, March 17th. Thousands of migrants are stranded at the  camp. Photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

One-for-one resettlement plan under discussion in Brussels is far from a done deal

Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams outside St Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Avenue in New York yesterday. Photograph: Simon Carswell/The Irish Times

White House chief of staff and Secret Service director brief US congressmen on incident

European Union president Donald Tusk: “More cautious than optimistic” about chances of an agreement. Photograph: Getty Images

Turkish PM due in Brussels for key meeting with leaders on controversial proposal

Enda Kenny: The “conversation with Eamon Ryan was very good, very constructive and very straight forward”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael leader welcomes ‘very good’ meeting on formation of next government

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel: “Our intention is to stay fully mobilised.” Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Anti-terrorism raid in which one man killed was linked to November 13th attacks in Paris

Concerns about aspect of EU-Turkey deal remain, including visa liberalisation. Photograph: AP

Leaders of 28 EU member states will try to reach agreement on resettlement plan

EU high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini is pushing for a general discussion on the EU’s sanctions policy. Photograph: Getty Images

The call for a reappraisal of trade restrictions is not only coming from member states

Police tape cordon at a security perimeter in Brussels. Photograph: AFP

Belgian national security council meeting to assess national situation

Cathy Kearney, Apple vice-president for operations based in Cork: “We’ve paid every cent of tax that’s due in Ireland. We don’t feel that there has been State aid.”

Competition commissioner Vestager says ‘Don’t hold your breath’ for inquiry verdict

Representatives from Apple, Google, IKEA and McDonalds were quizzed by MEPs at a special hearing of the European Parliament’s special committee on tax on Tuesday afternoon in Brussels

Tech giant defends its tax practices at European parliament in Brussels

Special operations police take positions during a raid in Brussels . Belgian police launched an anti-terror raid linked to last year’s Paris attacks in a Brussels neighborhood on Tuesday. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

Suspect armed with Kalashnikov was killed by police in operation linked to Paris attacks

Milk supply: The European Commission  stressed that the measure did not signal a return to EU milk quotas which were abolished last year. Photograph: Getty

European Commission to allow member states to curb production on voluntary basis

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney: Fine Gael wants to lead the government but not at any cost.

Minister says he hopes Dáil will be able to elect Taoiseach by April 6th

A girl walks in the mud  in a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, where thousands of refugees and migrants are stranded by the Balkan border blockade. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

Decision by countries to close borders on Balkan route provokes strong criticism

European  Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: the commission has pledged to advance an EU-Turkey readmission agreement, which will address the crucial question of whether Turkey is considered a “safe country” by the EU.  Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The provisional EU-Turkey deal must be approved by many parties likely to oppose it

A family sits around a bonfire at the makeshift refugee camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece. Photograph: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images

European officials begin intense week of negotiations in a bid to secure agreement

US Treasury secretary Jack Lew. Photograph: Zach Gibson/The New York Times

Washington urges Brussels to ‘reconsider’ its approach to American multinationals

EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici welcomed the agreement as “another major step forward towards enhancing transparency on tax matters. “

Finance ministers sign directive obliging companies to report country-by-country data

Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu and European Council president Donald Tusk hold a news conference at the end of the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Amnesty International says proposal ‘wrought with moral and legal flaws’

Donald Tusk, president of the European Union, listens during a news conference following a meeting of EU leaders in Brussels on Monday.  Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Leaders stop short of final agreement as Ankara pushes for money in return for help with migration crisis

German chancellor Angela Merkel talks with Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu (second left, front row) during a EU-Turkey summit in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Ankara uses summit to propose fresh conditions for assistance with migrants

Michael Noonan, Enda Kenny and Frances Fitzgerald. Fine Gael remained committed to Irish Water, said Noonan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Period of instability could affect bond prices, warns Minister for Finance

Chief editor of the German edition of Turkish daily Zaman, Suleyman Bag (right) and German Green Party co-leader Cem Oezdemir  with the newspaper’s last edition dated March 5th. Turkish police seized control of the top-selling newspaper the day before and put it under state control. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Europe accused of ‘selling its soul’ by former prime minister of Belgium Guy Verhofstadt

 Cypriot minister of finance Harris Georgiades (right)  with Dutch finance minister and president of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem (left) at a Eurogroup finance ministers meeting in Brussels on March 7th. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Fourth euro zone country to exit EU-IMF bailout programme has turned economy around

Speaking as he arrived to a meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels. Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said he planned to inform the Commission that Ireland “may or may not make the April target”

April target for statement depends on formation of government

 Enda Kenny arrives at an extraordinary summit of European Union leaders with Turkey in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Enda Kenny says indications are that no one will be elected as Taoiseach on Thursday

 German chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the Turkish embassy in Brussels, Belgium, ahead of  an EU-Turkey summit on the migration crisis. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

Brussels summit comes amid concerns Europe is on brink of humanitarian disaster

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan welcomes European Council president Donald Tusk before their meeting in Istanbul. Photograph: Yasin Bulbul/Reuters

Ankara agrees in principle to readmit migrants who do not qualify for EU asylum

European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos listens to questions as he addresses a press conference on the EU’s reaction to the migrant crisis ahead of an EU leaders summit with Turkey. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunad/AFP/Getty Images.

European Commission sets out plan to try save free-travel area strained by migrant arrivals

Europan Commission

‘Ireland has nothing to fear’ from new rules setting out states’ corporate tax rates as commission advances promised legal measure(...)

Macedonian police  firing  tear gas at people  trying to enter the country from Greece. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

There is a sense the EU’s response to the crisis is entering a critical phase

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.  While technically the union can trundle on and is not obliged to respond to the vagaries of general elections, the anti-establishment vote is, in part, an expression of frustration at EU as well as national elites.   AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland has become the latest bailout country to reject the incumbent government in a search for a political alternative

A refugee sits in front of a Greek riot police cordon during a protest at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, on Tuesday: the UN has urged  EU member states to respond urgently to Greece’s migrant situation. Photograph:  Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters

Greece can not manage build-up of migrants on border with Macedonia alone, says UN

A man carries food at the refugee and migrant camp in Grande-Synthe near Dunkirk, northern France, where 2,500 refugees from Kurdistan, Iraq and Syria live. Photograph:   Philippe Huguen/Getty Images

Belgium has closed its border amid fears of an influx from the infamous site in France

Children sit near a fire as migrants and refugees wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, northern Greece. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

As tensions flare, migration commissioner warns system could completely break down

A migrant receives a portion of food and water as refugees and migrants line up during food distribution at a relocation camp in Schisto, near Athens, Greece on Thursday. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Athens recalls its ambassador to Austria and issues veto warning amid tensions

The prospect of a British exit would deprive Ireland of one of its main EU allies

Agreement struck by PM’s delegation formalises a special relationship for London

European Council president Donald Tusk. He told the European Parliament on Wednesday that a deal struck by EU leaders last week was “irreversible”. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Assertion comes amid fears European Court of Justice could strike down accord

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker addresses the Brexit during a news conference after the second day of a European Union leaders’ summit. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

Downing Street dismisses idea of second vote after Boris Johnson voices support for Brexit

Germany chancellor Angela Merkel, under continuing domestic political pressure over the refugee crisis, welcomed what she described as progress at the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Move by Austria to cap numbers of refugees angers European Commission

British prime minister David Cameron waves as he leaves a European Union leaders summit in Brussels early on Saturday. Mr Cameron said he would campaign with all his ‘heart and soul’ for Britain to stay in the European Union after he secured a deal in Brussels which offered his country ‘special status’. Reuters/Yves Herman

Compromise allows Britain to impose ‘emergency brake’ on welfare for seven years

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for takes a break in negotiations during the second day of the EU summit at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Government would continue to make their views known about the unique status of Irish citizens living(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks with  EU Council president Donald Tusk and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel at the start of the two-day EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Ireland might apply migrant welfare ‘brake’ but solely to children, says Brendan Howlin

Refugees wait on a Greek coastguard ship on the island of Lesbos on Thursday after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey.  Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

Flows of migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey remain much too high, says EU

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron  is welcomed by  European Parliament president  Martin Schulz prior to their meeting in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

Across Europe, opposition to a special deal for London has been slipping for months

A Union Jack flag flutters next to European Union flags  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

EU Commission floats measure ahead of Brexit summit in Brussels

Refugees and migrants arrive by dinghy from Turkey to the coast of Mytilini , on the island of Lesbos, Greece, on Wednesday. Europe’s continuing migrant crisis is to be discussed at this week’s EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

No new substantive measures expected to emerge from two-day summit in Brussels

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