Pensioners rally in Athens. One minister said that if faced with paying loans or paying salaries and pensions, Greece would choose the latter. Photograph: EPA/Orestis Panagiotou

As a European deal to give more aid to Athens falters and the prospect of a default looms, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is preparing to meet R(...)

British prime minister David Cameron arriving for an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels. He has committed to holding a referendum on EU membership by 2017

British prime minister David Cameron kicked off the British general election campaign this week, describing it as “the most important general elect(...)

The EU’s high representative for foreign affairs Federica Mogherini speaking to  journalists as she arrives for the summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: AFP Photo/Thierry Charlier

EU leaders pledged to step up efforts to support Libya yesterday, but stopped far short of endorsing a civilian or military mission to the region. Th(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny arrives for the second day of the European Summit of Heads of States and governments at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie LeCocq/EPA.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has raised the prospect of further tax cuts in October’s budget as Ireland continues its bid to secure more flexibility from the (...)

(From left to right)  European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras, president of the European Council, Polish, Donald Tusk, secretary general of the  EU council Uwe Corsepius, ECB president Mario Draghi, French president Francois Hollande, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Dutch finance minister and president of Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem sit at the start of a special roundtable meeting on the Greek financial crisis, on the sideline of an EU summit in Brussels,  on Thursday. Photograph: EPA

The situation between Greece and its international creditors remains precarious as another late-night meeting in Brussels ended without specific progr(...)

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras aid on Friday he was more optimistic after three hours of talks with leaders of Germany, France and European Union institutions on how Greece can secure further financing in exchange for reforms.  Photograph:  John Thysjohn/AFP/Getty Images

Greece agreed last night to submit a fresh list of reforms “within days” to lenders, as the impasse between Athens and creditors continued amid signs (...)

Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, in Brussels yesterday after meeting European Council president Donald Tusk, who led calls for EU member states to commit to extending sanctions against Russia. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

European Union leaders were locked in discussions last night about allowing the European Commission greater oversight over energy contracts with supp(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for a meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA

Ireland remains opposed to the idea of a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) though it is prepared to engage constructively with the Europe(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Taoiseach Enda Kenny at the European summit of heads of states and governments  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

EU leaders hardened their stance against Greece yesterday as reports suggested deposit outflows from Greek banks accelerated this week.The country is (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko following their talks in Berlin. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

As Russia celebrated the first anniversary of its Crimean annexation, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko has dismissed as “hope, not reality” the(...)