President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko (L) is welcomed by EU Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso (R) prior to a meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels today. Photograph: EPA

European Union leaders are likely to threaten Russia with new economic sanctions over its action in Ukraine today but officials and diplomats said th(...)

Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk is frontrunner for the EU job. Photograph: Reuters/Kacper Pempel

The behind-the-scenes campaign for top European Union positions burst into the open as Polish prime minister Donald Tusk staked a claim to the post of(...)

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(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker after his election as president of the European Commission. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

EU leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny travel to Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the delegation of senior European Union positions, amid expect(...)

Polish foreign minister Radislow Sikorski said British prime minister David Cameron would be able to negotiate major reforms to Britain’s EU membership terms even if he was defeated on the Juncker issue. Photograph: Reuters/Slawek Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy travels to London for talks with British prime minister David Cameron today amid increasing expectatio(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  with European Stability Mechanism managing director Klaus Regling prior to the Luxembourg EU euro group finance ministers’ meeting at EU headquarters in Luxembourg. Photograph: EPA/Nicolas Bouvy

There is growing expectation that Jean-Claude Juncker will be named as the next president of the European Commission at next week’s summit of EU le(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said ministers expressed  about the continuing high levels of unemployment and the need for growth. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The Government’s plan to seek savings of less than €2 billion in next year’s budget is likely to receive the tacit support of key EU partners, as a nu(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: “There is an important principle at stake here which is that the accountable, elected members of the European Council, the elected heads of state, the elected heads of government, should be the ones who propose who runs the European Commission.” Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron has refused to back down from his opposition to former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker becoming (...)

After some hesitation, Angela Merkel has come out as a vocal Juncker supporter. Photograph:  Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The EU’s current stasis is well summed up by Germany’s election-night truism: “Nach der Wahl ist vor der Wahl” – after the vote is before the vote.Tho(...)

Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen: decision to step down to seek EU role took EU community by surprise. Photograph: Reuters/Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva

The race for the top jobs in the European Union intensified this week following the decision by Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen to step d(...)