In the first quarter Kingfisher put agreements in place with two national retailers to take over its lease agreements on 14 B&Q stores over the next two years. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Kingfisher, Europe’s largest home improvement retailer, met analysts’ expectations for first-quarter earnings and reached agreements to complete almos(...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde at the start of a working session of G7 finance ministers and central bank governors during the G7 summit   in Dresden. Photograph:  Robert Michael/AFP/Getty Images

Senior officials at the G7 finance minister meeting in Dresden have admitted further loans and debt relief for Greece are unavoidable if – but onl(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy arrives at UMP party headquarters in Paris. The 212,000 members of the party will vote on the party’s statute and new name. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/Afp/Getty Images

Militants of Nicolas Sarkozy’s conservative UMP will officially change their party’s name to “Les Républicains” – the Republicans – on Saturday. With (...)

 British prime minster David Cameron is welcomed by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the Catshuis residence  in The Hague. The meeting with Mr Rutte, an ally, was expected to go smoothly. Photograph: Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron began his tour of Europe in The Hague and Paris on Thursday. He intends to visit all 27 capitals before the June (...)

Ireland, Co Limerick: O’Donovan and Associates,  €450,000

O’Donovan and Associates is seeking €450,000 for this house in Castlemahon, Co Limerick. We find properties for similiar prices around the world

“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.(...)

EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday to announce plans for other EU member states to take 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Other EU member states will accept 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece over the next two years under proposals announced by the European Commission (...)

 Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip leave after the opening of the British parliament at the Palace of Westminster in central London on Wednesday. Photograph:  Reuters

Queen Elizabeth set in motion British prime minister David Cameron’s plans for a European Union membership referendum on Wednesday as he faced pressu(...)

EDF chief executive Jean-Bernard Lévy: offering employees a one-off €10,000 payment to persuade them to work 212 days a year, rather than the current 196. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

For years, employees of the French company EDF have enjoyed a perk almost inconceivable to their counterparts in the rest of the industrialised wor(...)

British minister for Europe David Lidington: set out Britain’s preliminary plans for renegotiation of EU membership. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Britain’s Europe minister, David Lidington, travelled to Dublin on Tuesday for discussions on Britain’s planned renegotiation of EU membership, ahead (...)