Voting at the ECB

The European Central Bank (ECB), and its governing council, which sets interest rates and decides monetary policy, will in 2015 adopt different voting(...)

Graffiti on a fence surrounding the construction site for the new headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt. Photograph: Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

It is democracy at the ECB, but not quite as we know it, or perhaps as we would like it to be. From January, the Republic will be among a group of 14 (...)

Brian Hayes MEP:  agitated about the Republic’s potential loss of its franchise at  the governing council of the ECB. Photograph: Alan Betson

Newly-minted MEP Brian Hayes became agitated at the weekend about the Republic’s potential loss of its franchise at the euro zone’s top interest-rate-(...)

A group of breakaway riders pedal through a rain storm near the town of Condom in the Pyrenees mountains during the 19th stage of theTour de France cycling race between Maubourguet and Bergerac.Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

Cycling’s equivalent of the curse of Hello! magazine seems to have struck the cyclists who shook the Duchess of Cambridge’s hand before the official s(...)

Froam left: Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic, Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini and EU high representative for foreign affairs Catherine Ashton prior to the start of a foreign affairs council meeting at the EU council headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

EU foreign ministers threatened Russia with deeper economic sanctions yesterday, ordering the European Commission to draw up proposals on specific (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with British prime minister David Cameron and  EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton at the  summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

EU leaders failed to agree on the appointment of two senior EU jobs yesterday evening, potentially deferring the final decision until the end of Augus(...)

Lounes Ouachek of St Dominic’s Terrace, Tallaght, pleaded guilty at the Central Criminal Court to the attempted murder of Ruta Ouachek (35) at that address on August 23rd, 2012.  Photograph: Reuters

A 44-year-old Algerian man who attempted to murder his wife by bludgeoning her in the head with a kettle bell is to be sentenced later.Lounes Ouachek (...)

Sligo Rovers’ Raffaele Cretaro and Evaldas Grigaitis of FK Banga struggle for the ball in the Europa League first qualifying round, first leg, at the Gargz dai Stadium in Lithuania. Photograph: Inpho/LFF

Frantic defending twice denied Séamus Conneely in the second half at the Gargz dai Stadium in Lithuania last night but Sligo Rovers will nonetheless b(...)

Asked if the possibility of further EU sanctions on Russia,  German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it “might be a debate to be continued at the next meeting of the European heads of state and government”. Photograph: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

EU leaders may consider imposing further sanctions on Russia at next week’s leaders’ summit in Brussels, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Stein(...)

The ratio of overall tax to GDP across the 28 member states of 39.4 per cent, according to figures from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.

The tax burden in the Republic was the fifth lowest in the EU in 2012. The ratio of overall tax to GDP was 28.7 per cent compared to an average across(...)