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

Berlin has insisted that an EU plan to stimulate European growth through investment must be led by the private sector and not dominated by political p(...)

European Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Less than a month after assuming the helm at the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled his much awaited investment plan for Europe. Mi(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker talks to MEPs before his speech about the jobs, growth and investment package at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Economics returned to the EU agenda this week as the European Commission unveiled its much-feted €300 billion-plus investment plan. As sceptics were q(...)

Italy’s finance minister Pier Padoan (left) chats with his French counterpart Michel Sapin prior to the EU euro group finance ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. France and Italy, the euro zone’s second and third largest economies, are struggling to rein in dangerous deficit and debt levels.

As Michael Noonan unveiled the budget in Dublin on Tuesday, another, but not unconnected, debate was taking place in Luxembourg.With euro zone countri(...)

Mainstream chief Eddie O Connor. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Scottish ministers have given Irish-based Mainstream Renewable Power the green light for a €1.9 billion offshore wind farm development in the North Se(...)

A building in Kramatorsk destroyed in fighting between pro-Russian militants and Ukrainian forces which continued to rage a day after the EU and US announced economic sanctions against Russia over its complicity in the crisis. Photograph: Roman Pilipey/EPA

Tuesday’s decision by the European Union to impose Phase Three sanctions on Russia represents a significant escalation of international pressure on(...)

Two Dutch passports lie in a field among luggage, personal belongings and wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Grabovo, Ukraine, yesterday.  Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

It was a busy start for Ireland’s new Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan as he attended his first EU foreign affairs council yesterday (...)

The Coalition has committed €10 million to  public services in housing estates where building companies failed to complete this work because they were wound up. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has conceded the Government is unlikely to recoup the €10 million it is spending on cleaning up housing estates left unfinis(...)

Taking a selfie: Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald with president Gerry Adams and candidates Liadh Ní Riada, Lynn Boylan and Martina Anderson at yesterday’s launch of Sinn Féin’s manifesto in  Dublin. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams argued against the “Brussels consensus” and its Irish supporters as the party published its European manifesto.While S(...)

Jonathan Taylor  said the University of Limerick plan would be a “flagship example” of funding in higher education. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Construction work on a development plan for University of Limerick is expected to start before Christmas after it was confirmed yesterday that the Eur(...)