Britain’s prime minister David Cameron is locked in battle with Brussels over a demand for a further £1.7 billion to be paid by December 1st. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/REUTERS

The UK’s net contribution to the European Union soared to £11.3 billion in 2013, an increase of £2.7 billion from the previous year, according to offi(...)

Lead investigator Fred Westerbeke confirmed his team was preparing a “request for assistance” from Russia. Photograph: Alyona Zykina/EPA

Dutch investigators examining the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash are to ask Russia to hand over radar data which Moscow claims proves the airc(...)

In an interview with Hot Press magazine,  Bono  indicates that U2 had been involved in private philanthropy during the recession,  although the band regarded it as a “personal and private matter”.   Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Bono has claimed U2 helped Ireland out during the recession by working with the IDA. The singer said the band had worked to bring foreign direct inve(...)

AMCS Group  chief executive Jimmy Martin (left),  Tony Zappala partner at Highland Capital Partners Europe and John Dolan, partner at Investec Ventures. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

AMCS Group, a Limerick based waste and recycling management software company, has acquired Transvision, a Danish transport optimisation firm. The term(...)

Euro group president and Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem: The Netherlands will pay €642 million bill “if the facts are correct”. Photograph: Koen van Weel/EPA

It was quite surreal to hear that the Netherlands faces an EU surcharge of €642 million for better-than-expected economic growth – in the same week as(...)

Following the stress tests, the European Central Bank concluded that 25 institutions, nine of them Italian, would need to add a total of €25 billion in capital. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Will the asset quality review and stress tests conducted by the European Central Bank and the European Banking Authority mark a turning point in the e(...)

Minister for Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton said he had received “very positive feedback” on the budgetary changes in meetings with US companies.

Germany has warned that corporate tax subsidy arrangements known as “patent boxes” are acceptable in the European Union only as a reward for research(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron in the House of Commons, where he said Britain would not  pay “anything like” the €2.1 billion surcharge sought by the EU.  Photograph: PA Wire

Denmark’s prime minister has poured cold water on Britain’s hopes of reducing an extra €2.1 billion contribution to EU budgets being demanded by the E(...)

Najib Razak: “Let us hope in the coming months there will be some success.” Photograph: Nikhil Monteiro/Reuters

Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak has vowed to bring to justice those responsible for the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17, but said he feared figh(...)

The Netherlands outgoing foreign minister Frans Timmermans (right) transfers his duties to Bert Koenders at the foreign ministry in The Hague on October 17th.  Photograph: Valerie Kuypers/ EPA

You probably won’t have heard of Bert Koenders, which is typical of the man. Until last week he was the United Nations chief of mission in Mali, so we(...)