African migrants sit on a border fence above a golf course during an attempt to cross into Spanish territories between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Melilla. Photograph: José Palazon/Reuters

A group of politicians has decried the situation of Syrian refugees who are in or are attempting to reach the Spanish enclave of Melilla in north Afri(...)

 Pádraig Harrington  in action during the first round of the British Masters at Woburn Golf Club. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Shane Lowry and Pádraig Harrington made strong starts to the British Masters after both carded opening five-under-par rounds of 66 to lie two shots of(...)

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of  EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Luxembourg where the meeting focused on  a system to keep out migrants who do not qualify for asylum. Photograph: Julien Warnand/ EPA

The European Union pledged on Thursday to step up deportation of illegal migrants. As EU justice and home affairs ministers signed off on new plans to(...)

Taxation commissioner Pierre Moscovici says  the CCCTB is ‘the best instrument for fighting cross-border tax abuse’  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The European Commission has opened a public consultation into its proposed scheme for a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) ahead of its pl(...)

European Union  data protection supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli. Photograph: European Parliament

A ruling by Europe’s top court invalidating certain data transfers to the US is a “signal from the EU” that citizens’ data must be respected, the Euro(...)

Eirgrid, the semi-State company with responsibility for the national electrity grid, said reduced demand for power means it no longer needs to build a new overhead network or install underground cables between Cork and Kildare. File photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

Eirgrid has abandoned plans to build a €215 million network of pylons from Cork to Kildare to boost electricity supplies across the State. The semi-St(...)

The biggest business crisis in Volkswagen’s 78-year history has wiped around third off its share price. Photograph: David Gray/Reuters

Volkswagen’s software used to cheat emissions tests was switched on in diesel vehicles in Europe, German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Thursd(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel has stood firm on her liberal asylum policy, calling it a “task of historical proportions” in Strasbourg. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s response to Germany’s refugee crisis is driving a bad-tempered wedge through her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (C(...)

Nadine Morano: her comments on  a television talk show provoked outrage outrage on the left and centre right and divided Morano’s cohorts in Les Républicains. Photograph: Vasily Maximov/AFP/Getty Images

Nicolas Sarkozy’s Les Républicains (LR) was to bar Nadine Morano, member of the European Parliament, former cabinet minister and long one of Sarkozy’s(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  shakes hands with Belgian PM Charles Michel during a meeting at the Chateau of Val-Duchesse in Brussels on Tuesday. Turkey’s leader began his  European tour in Strasbourg last Sunday. Photograph: Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP/Belga

The picturesque Alsatian town of Strasbourg is used to finding itself at the centre of political activity when thousands of MEPs and Eurocrats descend(...)