Andre Schürrle of Chelsea celebrates after scoring the second goal against  Sporting Lisbon   at Stamford Bridge.  Photograph:  Clive Mason/Getty Images

Chelsea’s progress into the knockout phase proved serene to the last. Sporting Lisbon were outclassed here and consigned to the Europa League by a rej(...)

Zdravko Pocivalsek has never been a member of a political party or run for office

Slovenia, which narrowly avoided an international bailout last year, has appointed spa resort manager Zdravko Pocivalsek as its economy minister after(...)

José Mourinho the manager of Chelsea watches over the squad’s training session ahead of the Uefa Champions League Group F match against NK Maribor. Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

Maribor v Chelsea, Stadion Ljudski, 7.45pm, Setanta and Sky Sports 1 José Mourinho has offered a thinly veiled criticism of Liverpool’s team selection(...)

The ECB is due to begin supervising the euro zone’s biggest banks in a week’s time in a major shift of power away from national supervisors to a pan-European regulator

in Frankfurt Eleven banks must submit plans to the European Central Bank within the next fortnight outlining how they will meet a collective shortfal(...)

Twenty five of the euro zone’s 130 biggest banks have failed a landmark health check and ended last year with a collective capital shortfall of €25 billion, the European Central Banks said today.

Twenty five euro zone banks, including nine Italian banks, have failed the European Central Bank’s stress tests, and will face a combined capital shor(...)

After putting the euro zone’s top 130 banks through their paces, the European Central Bank will face a test of its own today - will its landmark health check succeed in convincing investors the region’s lenders are safe? Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

After putting the euro zone’s top 130 banks through their paces, the European Central Bank will face a test of its own today - will its landmark heal(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker, the incoming president of the European Commission, talks with UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage as he arrives at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The European Parliament has voted to approve the new European Commission in a ballot today in Strasbourg, paving the way for the EU’s 28 commissioners(...)

Violeta Bulc of Slovenia will be assigned the transport portfolio, while Slovak nominee Maros Sefcovic has been elevated to the position of vice-president for energy union. Photograph: EPA/Igor Kupljenik

A week after MEPs rejected Slovenia’s nominee as commissioner, incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled a restructured lin(...)

 Roy Hodgson has criticised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers recovery regimen.  Photograph: Valda Kalnina

Roy Hodgson has questioned whether Liverpool are using the correct fitness regime after claiming there is little medical evidence to support the “two-(...)

“Electronics is becoming more like the fashion industry. It must be fresher, cleaner, more aesthetic.” Blaine Callard, CEO of Harvey Norman in Ireland, at the retailer’s store at Airside Retail Park.Photograph: Alan Betson

In a corner of Harvey Norman’s Dublin head office, there is a bottle of champagne the size of a fire extinguisher. It lies in a glass case bearing an (...)