European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly said ‘public health demands the highest standard’. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has strongly criticised the European Commission’s refusal to make its dealings with the tobacco industry more transp(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Danish prime minster Lars Loekke Rasmussen – Denmark is being heavily criticised for its latest move. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

PETER CLUSKEY UN agencies and Amnesty International have attacked Denmark’s new immigration bill as damaging and possibly in violation of EU and inte(...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans says most of those fleeing to Europe are economic migrants. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

More than half of those fleeing to Europe from the Middle East and Africa are economic migrants and not asylum seekers fleeing the horrors of war in I(...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans: his announcement of a preliminary review of controversial new laws introduced by the governing Law and Justice Party will increase tensions between the EU and the new Polish government over. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Political pressure increased on Poland on Wednesday after the European Commission launched the first step in a procedure that could ultimately lead to(...)

EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly’s report in October accused the commission of breaching its obligations under the World Health Organisation disclosure rules.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Irish Cancer Society has called on the European Commission to be more transparent about its contacts with the tobacco industry in the wake of an i(...)

Protesters in Freedom Square in Poznan, Poland, at the weekend under the banner Red Rard for Law and Justice (PiS). Photograph: EPA/Jakub Kaczmarczyk

EU officials returned to their desks this week in the hope that 2015 would be a year they could leave behind. A series of crises, beginning with the t(...)

Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski: He told ‘Bild’ his government was tackling a  bias that the world was filled with  “cyclists and vegetarians who push for renewable energy and fight all forms of religion”. These  standpoints have “nothing to do with traditional Polish values”. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Poland’s foreign minister has summoned the EU’s ambassador in Warsaw for a meeting to explain what the minister termed the “megaphone diplomacy” of se(...)

Stranded migrants wait in  a field as they try to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni in Greece. Photograph: Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters

Slovakia has launched legal action against a European Union quota scheme to distribute refugees among member states, as Hungary accused Germany of ag(...)

A security check at  the G20 summit in Antalya, Turkey: world leaders will  discuss the war in Syria. Photograph: Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

  The refugee crisis is expected to dominate the G20 summit which opens in Turkey tomorrow as leaders of the world’s largest economies gat(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: Her backing of the plan gives it a strong boost. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The agreement between the European Union and Turkey endorsed by EU leaders on Thursday night could signal a changing point in the EU’s relationship wi(...)