European commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation and customs Pierre Moscovici (left) and French finance minister Michel Sapin at the start of the Ecofin meeting at the European Council headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Ireland has “nothing to fear” from European proposals to tackle multinational tax avoidance, the Minister of State at the Department of Finance Sim(...)

Britain is “playing Ireland at Ireland’s game” in terms of actively encouraging foreign direct investment, IBEC director   Danny Mc Coy said in Brussels today. (Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES)

A British exit from the European Union would represent a major challenge to Ireland, the director of IBEC said on Tuesday in Brussels.Speaking at the (...)

Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton is seeking clarity on EU-US trade deal. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton has called for progress on the EU-US trade deal ahead of a meeting of EU trade ministers in Brussels this morni(...)

EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan: “We’ve had a very slow response to position papers that have been put to the American side.”

EU trade ministers gather in Brussels today for discussions on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) amid increasing concern in Br(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker rings the bell to start the first European Commission college meeting under his presidency yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The winds of change swept into Brussels this week as Jean-Claude Juncker and his team of 27 commenced their five-year term at the helm of the European(...)

GAA abroad: Aoife Cahill playing for Cumann Warszawa European Regional Tournament in Poland

Ireland is considered among the top five countries in the world for “diaspora engagement”, but what does this mean in practice? The Global Diaspora an(...)

President Michael D Higgins said   ‘as a nation we remain very conscious of the enormous debt of gratitude we owe to those who have left these shores over so many years, often reluctantly’. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

People in Europe should never forget that their countries developed by exporting millions of their people to other continents, President Michael D Hig(...)

David O’Sullivan: the  chief operating officer of the European Union’s diplomatic corps, the European External Action Service

Sitting in his office in the European External Action Services (EEAS) headquarters in central Brussels, David O’Sullivan apologises for the bareness o(...)

Outgoing European Commission president José Manuel Barroso  attends the review of the Barroso II commission at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Ten years after he took the helm at the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg for one last time yes(...)

Emily O’Reilly pictured in her office during her last week as Ombudsman last year.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / THE IRISH TIMES

The fact that biology has “manacled” them to the lives of their children needs to be acknowledged if mothers are to find “psychological peace” in t(...)