High life expectancy and equal access to third-level education contributed to Ireland’s strong performance  in the World Economic Forum gender gap survey. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Are you bored with women complaining about gender inequality?Surely these days women can “look the business” in their sharp suits and high heels. They(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with British prime minister David Cameron and  EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton at the  summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

EU leaders failed to agree on the appointment of two senior EU jobs yesterday evening, potentially deferring the final decision until the end of Augus(...)

Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (second from right) and EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy (right) exchange documents during the signing ceremony of political provisions of the Association Agreement with Ukraine at the second day of spring European head of states summit at the EU council headquaters in Brussels, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

The EU yesterday extended sanctions to close allies of Russian president Vladimir Putin, including the deputy prime minister a(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for the second day of the European heads of states summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

The European Union’s commitment to strengthening its common security and defence policy (CSDP) does not affect Ireland’s policy of nonalignment in any(...)

Students stand on a street and hold hands to form a human chain from the Ukrainian capital to the western border during a demonstration in support of EU integration at Independence Square in Kiev today. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

The European Union has strongly criticised Russia’s interference in Ukrainian affairs rejecting calls for trilateral discussions between Russian, the (...)

Students take part in a rally to support EU integration in central Kiev on Thursday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

As political leaders gathered for dinner in the chilly Lithuanian capital of Vilnius yesterday evening, the joke circulating among officials was wheth(...)

Former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko:  trade agreements between Ukraine and the EU hinge on whether president Viktor Yanukovich can bring himself to release her. Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP

The European Union has warned Ukraine that it will not be offered landmark political and trade deals later this year unless former prime minister Yuli(...)

Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite addresses the European Parliament during a debate on the program of the Lithuanian presidency of the EU for the next six months, in Strasbourg, July 3, 2013.

Last Friday the bells of Vilnius University rang out to herald the start of Lithuania’s presidency of the Council of the European Union. Hundreds of d(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Lithuanian president Dalia Grybauskaite after a news conference in the Presidential Palace, Vilnius, Lithuania, on Thursday. Photograph: AP Photo

With the Baltic white nights looming, Taoiseach Enda Kenny visited Vilnius and Riga yesterday, an Irish white knight for European bailouts, presidenci(...)

Lithuania’s president Dalia Grybauskaite speaks to  Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel  during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels last month. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said struggling European economies cannot afford to wait further for agreement on the stalled EU budget beyond the end of (...)