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

The European Parliament voted to recognise the statehood of Palestine “in principle” yesterday, despite the reservations of a large bloc of European (...)

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

Irish MEPs Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Brian Crowley could face a 50 per cent cut in expenses for low attendance at the European Parliament plenary sess(...)

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

EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels have given their backing to a UN-led “freeze” in the city of Aleppo, in a bid to improve the humanitarian si(...)

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

Environmental groups have criticised Minister for Marine Simon Coveney for his opposition to many cuts proposed by the European Commission as part of (...)

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

Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy has said that MEPs should attend the European Parliament at all times “in so far as they possibly can,” as h(...)

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

Belgium is expected to come to a standstill on Monday as the country holds its third strike in two weeks amid increasing public anger about fresh a(...)

Luke “Ming” Flanagan:  had a voting rate of 16 per cent.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Independent MEPs Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Brian Crowley have the worst voting record among Irish MEPs at the European Parliament, new figures show. Da(...)

European Parliament: our MEPs face a conundrum that lies at the heart of the system – the less visible one is at home, the less likely one is to be re-elected

Six months on from the European elections, figures from VoteWatch Europe present an interesting snapshot into the activities of Ireland’s 11 MEPs. Ire(...)

Big in Japan: school meals are cooked on site from fresh ingredients. Photograph: Toshiyuki Aizawa/Bloomberg news

Slim Japan For occasional visitors to Ireland like myself, one of the more striking phenomena over the last two decades has been ballooning obe(...)

Health professionals with Médecins Sans Frontières at a training session in Brussels prior to their depature for west Africa to deliver care to Ebola patients.  Photograph: MSF

On a freezing morning near an industrial site on the outskirts of Brussels, a group of 40 people are hugging Styrofoam cups of coffee and chatting as (...)