If Marine Le Pen leads her National Front party to victory, she improves her chances of making it to the 2017 presidential run-off. Photograph: Reuters

France will elect 74 MEPs on Sunday week. The government has not organised a civic information campaign, as it usually does for elections. Nearly two-(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz: warns of battle ahead. Photograph:  Laurent Dubrule

The Government capped six months in charge of Europe’s political agenda with a deal on a new EU budget, an agreement which will trigger the release of(...)

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso with Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a meeting on the Multiannual Financial Framework. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Ireland’s EU presidency has reached “political agreement” with the European Parliament on a new seven-year budget for European member states. The deal(...)

A number of senior MEP’s have accused Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore of prematurely claiming that agreement had been reached on the so-called Multi-Annual Financial Framework last week

The Government was under mounting pressure last night to secure agreement on the EU’s seven-year budget ahead of an emergency meeting with top EU o(...)

Tánaiste Éamon Gilmore will today present EU ministers with the package on the EU’s seven-year budget. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Éamon Gilmore will today present EU ministers with the package on the EU’s seven-year budget, which was agreed by Mr Gilmore and MEP Alain La(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore greets MEPs Reimer Boge and Jean-Luc Dehaene, members of the European Parliament negotiating team.

Ireland’s bid to secure European Parliamentary support for the European Union’s seven-year budget experienced a setback yesterday, as a number of MEP(...)

Tentative agreement was reached yesterday evening on the EU’s seven-year budget, with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and the European Parliament’s chief negot(...)