Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt – flanked by British PM David Cameron – whose decision to call an early general election marks the latest spate of electoral activity across Europe. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/AP Photo

The surprise decision by Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday to call an early general election next month marks the latest spate(...)

“Private-equity and venture-capital play an ever increasing role in Europe’s capital markets. In 2014, we saw a clear pickup of investment and divestment activity across Europe, supported by robust fundraising,” EVCA chief executive Dörte Höppner said in a statement

Private-equity investment into European companies rose to its highest level in five years in 2014, with €41.5 billion going into European firms, a 14.(...)

New prime minister Juha Sipilä has appointed his predecessor, Alexander Stubb (above), as finance minister. Photograph: Markku Ojala/EPA

Helsinki has grasped an Irish solution to Finland’s spiralling problems, unveiling plans to cut €6 billion from the budget in a bid to restore econo(...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt said: “This is the right time to ask Danes if they want to continue on our path or try the opposition’s experiment.” Photograph: Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen/Reuters/Scanpix Denmark

Denmark’s Social Democrat prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has called a general election for June 18th, hoping economic recovery will reverse a p(...)

A car dashboard displaying HERE software

The contest for Nokia’s maps business HERE has become a three-way race between German carmakers, a consortium including Uber and Baidu, and a third gr(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: “There will be lots of noise, lots of ups and downs along the way.” Photograph: EPA/Valda Kalnina

British prime minister David Cameron is to embark on a series of diplomatic offensives in the coming weeks to seek political support for renegotiatin(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to hold talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in early June on Britain’s plans to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to hold talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron in early June on Britain’s plans to renegotiate its relationship with (...)

Jyrki Katainen: favours a more market-focused emphasis.  Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty

He has held the office of finance minister, party leader and prime minister, and all before the age of 40, but Jyrki Katainen faced one of his toughes(...)

Imagine you get a letter in the post offering you free water. Instead of paying Irish Water for your supply, another company promises you a generous q(...)

The Uber logo is seen on a vehicle next to a taxi near Union Square in San Francisco, California. Photograph: Robert Galbraith/Reuters

Taxi service Uber has submitted a $3 billion bid for Nokia Oyj’s map business HERE, the New York Times has reported citing sources. Finland’s Nokia sa(...)