Greece’s finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos and European commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici during an Ecofin meeting in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Decision on proposals to clamp down on avoidance postponed until next month

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras. Photograph: Osman Orsal/Reuters

Europe Letter: Alexis Tsipras unlocks €10.3bn in funds and a woolly commitment

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown: the idea that sovereign states alone could solve the world’s problems was unrealistic, he told members of the centre-left Socialists and Democrats group at the European Parliament. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Social rights, economic health and security at stake in Brexit referendum, says former PM

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Dutch finance minister and head of the group of euro-area finance ministers, speaks during a news conference following a Eurogroup meeting of European finance ministers in Brussels. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Eurogroup sanctions release of €10.3 billion for Athens and commits to ease debt burden

Irish businesses are ahead of their EU counterparts in terms of overall online trade. E-commerce accounts for 19 of Irish SME turnover, compared to the EU average of 9.4 per cent.

European Commission survey finds Ireland sell double the EU average online

Up to ten EU countries, including Ireland, are poised to resist giving final sign-off to a new anti-tax avoidance package announced by the European Commission. Photograph: iStock

Up to ten countries unlikely to sign off on agreement

Tensions between the IMF and Greece’s European lenders have plagued the third Greek bailout, with the IMF pushing for greater debt relief measures than euro zone finance ministers are willing to grant

Strains grow between indebted nation’s lenders and IMF over extension of relief

 Alexander Van der Bellen  waving to supporters at the Palais Auersperg on Sunday after the Austrian presidential elections run off, in which he defeated the far-right candidate  Norbert Hofer. Photograph: Florian Weiser/EPA

Independent Alexander Van der Bellen edges to victory over Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer

Greenpeace activists display a banner against TTIP free trade agreement while suspended on one of the Kio towers in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

Companies will be able to sue national governments under planned TTIP agreement

Trojan horse: anti-trade-deal campaigners protest on the eve of President Obama’s vist to Hannover in April. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty

Proponents of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership say it will boost economies – Ireland’s in particular. So why ar(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk: “When I hear the EU being compared to the plans and projects of Adolf Hitler I cannot remain silent”

In-work benefits for Irish people may hang in the balance after Brexit vote

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan:  the European Commission has expressed frustration with recent Irish economic policy decisions, noting that ‘efforts to broaden the tax base have been limited’. Photograph: AFP

EU officials concerned about changes to USC and planned suspension of water charges

British prime minister David Cameron  meets Taoiseach  Enda Kenny  in Brussels in February. Mr Kenny raised the issue of in-work benefits for Irish citizens living in the UK. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/EPA

Brussels concerned that bid for special treatment may breach EU law

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed: Called for the European Commission to allow the deferral of super-levy liability payments by farmers. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed calls for changes to super levy payments scheme

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said it would be “going down a very dangerous route’’ if they insisted, not that they could, that all legal privilege between clients and lawyers should be in the public domain. File photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Remarks follow claim O’Sullivan’s counsel said McCabe acted in malice in O’Higgins inquiry

Changes negotiated by David Cameron span four main areas – greater power for national parliaments, more protection for non-euro zone member states, economic competitiveness and limits on in-work benefits paid to migrants and index-linked child benefit payments. Photograph: Getty Images

Even if UK votes to remain a period of uncertainty and tough political talks will ensue

Various statements by Michael Noonan suggested that retroactive direct recapitalisation was not longer being sought. Photographs: The Irish Times

Noonan’s comments confirmation matter not being pursued

Syrian migrants cross under a fence as they enter Hungary at the border with Serbia last August. Photograph: Reuters

Two journalists tell powerful tales from the front lines of the European migrant crisis – and offer damning indictments of the off(...)

Danny McCoy says account must be taken of investment deficits. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Danny McCoy wants fiscal rules to become more flexible

A ceremony on  Europe Day in Rome on Monday. The day is aimed at celebrating peace and unity on the continent. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

Brexit vote focusing EU minds on role, definition and future relevance of union

A Lego store in Shanghai: if China gets market-economy status it would make it more difficult to impose steep tariffs on Chinese goods. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

Tensions grow as EU veers away from granting market-economy status to Beijing

The president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz (right), and Turkey’s minister of EU affairs Volkan Bozkir  after a meeting at the European Parliament. Photograph: AFP Photo/Patrick Hertzog

Ankara says anti-terrorism law cannot be changed despite being crucial to accord

Ireland South MEP Brian Crowley: His non-attendance  due to illness meant that Ireland had one of the lowest participation rates in the European Union. Mr Crowley continues to participate in European Parliament work through his office in Cork. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

New figures show average attendance rate of 81 per cent in 2015, up from 76 per cent

European Parliament building in  Strasbourg, France: The report commissioned by the parliament’s Green group argues that certain US states “behave like tax havens” by not obliging financial institutions to provide information on the beneficial owners behind firms, allowing for the creation of shell companies. Photograph: Getty

Tensions between the EU and the US over tax follow investigations into Apple in Ireland

Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Dutch finance minister and head of the group of euro-area finance ministers, right, and Euclid Tsakalotos, Greece’s finance minister in Brussels. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

But euro-group finance ministers push forward final decision until later this month

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said that while the projections for Ireland three years ago was that Ireland would be paying about €11 billion in debt servicing costs at this stage, the cost was now around €6 billion.

Minister for Finance says circumstances have changed and State will not ask for further easing

 Medication workers, affiliated to the Communist party, participate in a demonstration against reforms to the tax and pension system in Athens, Greece. Photograph:  EPA/Orestis Panagiotou

Weekend protests as Tsipras government tries to secure approval for €5.4bn package of cuts

Pope Francis shakes hands with Italian premier Matteo Renzi, as German chancellor Angela Merkel looks on, during a ceremony where he was awarded the International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen (Karlspreis) at the Vatican on Friday. Photograph:  L’Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP

Refugees and economy feature in powerful acceptance speech for Charlemagne Prize

Pope Francis: will receive the Charlemagne Prize at a ceremony in the Vatican on Friday. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

European Parliament head criticises EU ahead of awarding of prize to Pope Francis

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel with Turkey’s prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu after visiting a refugee camp in Turkey late last month. Photograph: Steffen Kugler/EPA

Controversial promise to Ankara was always going to meet opposition

European Commission First vice president Frans Timmermans said since the EU-Turkey migration deal had come into effect, the number of migrants arriving to Greece had fallen to less than 100 per day. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Proposal is key concession offered by the EU as part of March deal to tackle migrant crisis

Photograph: Bloomberg

European Commission revises its growth forecast for Ireland upwards to 4.9%

Prof Michael O’Flaherty,  director of the  EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónailln

Michael O’Flaherty heads up independent body looking out for the downtrodden

Protesters wear masks of US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as they demonstrate against Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade agreement before the opening ceremony of the Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany on April 24th. Photograph: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

The US government wants to wrap up the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal this year

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

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