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 (...)

Members of the European Parliament’s Environment committee, and Industry, Research and Energy committee, rejected the  former Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek who had been nominated for the European Commission. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Jean-Claude Juncker’s proposed line-up to lead the European Commission for the next five years suffered its first casualty this evening as MEPs voted (...)

Irish commissioner designate Phil Hogan. The EU’s response to Russian sanctions is likely to be foremost in the minds of MEPs, as will the EU-US trade deal. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Next Monday morning the first of 27 public hearings begins in Brussels as MEPs question incoming European Union commissioners about their suitabili(...)

Prof Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University Belfast is chair of Fianna Fáil’s Markiewicz Commission, which has been asked to address the under-representation of women. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has been urged to take the lead on gender balance in the next general election and field a higher proportion of strong women candidates th(...)

Phil Hogan who was named as the EU’s next agriculture commissioner today. Photograph: Collins

Phil Hogan has been named as the next EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, marking the second time Ireland has secured the post foll(...)

Tourists gather on Poon Hill to watch the sunrise over the Annapurna Himal, in   Annapurna,  Nepal. Photograph: Getty Images
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Morales Tavares of NK Maribor celebrates after scoring against Celtic in the  Uefa  Champions League Play-Offs Round, second leg, at   at Celtic Park. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Celtic 0 NK Maribor 1 (agg 1-2) Celtic dramatically crashed out of the Champions League for the second time this season with a 1-0 play-off defeat by (...)