A Turkish soldier stands guard in a Black Sea port ahead of a Nato naval exercise. Photograph: Sasa Kavic/Reuters

Nato’s Black Sea members Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey joined the US, Canada, Germany and Italy in a multinational naval exercise just across the water(...)

Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan (left) and EU Commissioner in charge of Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Union, Pierre Moscovici  at the start of the Eurogroup meeting of Finance ministers at the EU council headquarters, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has called on the European Commission to grant greater flexibility to Ireland in the application of budget rules t(...)

Data from Eurostat, the European Union’s official statistics body, reveal women earned almost a sixth less per hour than men in 2012, up from 12.6 per cent in 2008.

The pay gap between men and women in Ireland has widened in recent years, with women earning 14.4 per cent less than men for their work, most recent f(...)

Taavi Roivas of the Reform Party which has 29.2 per cent of the vote with more than two-thirds of the votes counted.  Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Estonia’s ruling centre-right party took the lead after an election on Sunday overshadowed by fears that neighbouring Russia might interfere in the sm(...)

Ukrainian servicemen at a checkpoint near Luhansk village, not far from Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, on Tuesday. Lithuania has decided to restore compulsory military service for young men as tensions in Ukraine continue to worry the small Baltic nation. Photograph: Anastasia Vlasova/Reuters

Lithuania has decided to restore compulsory military service for young men as tensions in Ukraine continue to worry the small Baltic nation.After a me(...)

The Bundestag is expected to vote on the extension of the Greek loan programme on Friday after the eurogroup yesterday approved reform measures propo(...)

British defence secretary Michael Fallon said Russian president Vladimir Putin was a “real and present danger“ to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and Nato was getting ready to repel any aggression.  Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images.

Senior Western officials accused Russia on Thursday of redrawing the map of Europe by force and posing a threat to the Baltic states.Russian president(...)

A woman carries a bag of humanitarian aid from a delivery point in the Ukrainian forces-controlled town of Debaltseve in the Donetsk region. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

As Angela Merkel and François Hollande flew to Moscow to discuss Ukraine with Vladimir Putin yesterday, a Twitter post showed the trio’s faces superim(...)

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (centre), German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande during their talks in Kiev yesterday. Mykola Lazarenko/AFP/Getty Images

Russia has warned the United States that arming Ukraine in its fight with Moscow-backed separatists would do “colossal damage” to already fractious re(...)

Davos selfie: attendees enjoy a lighter moment at the 45th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum. Photograph: EPA/Laurent Gillieron

Within an hour of touching down in Davos, The Irish Times bumped into one of its compatriots – businessman Denis O’Brien. Dressed in a sharp pink shir(...)