The idea of a specific EU neighbourhood policy to deal with countries to its east began to gain ground in 2007 and 2008, supported by countries such as Poland and Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

Eighteen months after the last Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, EU leaders gather in Riga today for a two-day summit on the EU’s relationship wi(...)

British prime minster David Cameron: he will come face to face with EU leaders for the first time since his party’s decisive victory in the British general election two weeks ago. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron is expected to make his opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union w(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “The EU has accepted the problem is not only Italy’s. It has agreed to send ships but now they have to accept the quota system.” Photograph: EPA/Angelo Carconi

Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, has accused other EU members states of shirking their responsibility to accept asylum seekers after Spain and(...)

European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen said it was vital that Ireland continued to reform the country and reduce public debt, particularly when the economic climate was benign

European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen has warned the Government it must continue with structural reforms and fiscal consolidation despite (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: ‘Ninety-five per cent of the migrants have been settled in five states. We believe that is unfair. We will live up to our responsibilities.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The European Union is to launch a military operation to destroy boats used by human traffickers smuggling migrants across the Mediterranean in the st(...)

Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland programme, Ms Burton said children would continue to grow up in Ireland in a variety of family types. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Joan Burton has said a Yes vote in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum would not remove anything from the Const(...)

‘David Cameron’s biggest achievement might be repackaging these kinds of changes as a “renegotiated relationship” with the European Union as he tries to sell the benefits of EU membership to the British public. Key to this will be bringing the powerful eurosceptic media along with him.’   Photograph:  EPA/ROBERT PERRY

A week after the Conservative Party stunned pollsters by winning an outright majority in the British general election, focus is now turning to the mos(...)

The EU initiative requesting member states to resettle 20,000 refugees will do little to tackle the unfolding humanitarian crisis. Photograph: EPA

At first glance, the numbers seem pitiable. The European Commission’s proposal that EU member states resettle 20,000 refugees will do little to tackl(...)

Two of nine sub-Saharan migrants who were rescued while trying to reach Tarifa’s coast in Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain, this week. Many migrants are encouraged to undertake the sea crossing by traffickers, who charge extortionate sums. Photograph: EPA

Ireland is to resettle 300 refugees as part of a European Union resettlement programme announced yesterday but has yet to decide on whether to partici(...)

European commissioner Pierre Moscovici is likely to raise the issue of Ireland’s “cost-competitiveness” during a planned visit to Dublin on May 25th.

The European Commission has issued a stark warning to the government over its budget targets for 2015 and 2016, in an assessment of the Irish economy (...)