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(...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt adresses the media on January 30th, 2014 after the Socialist People’s Party quit the government. Photograph: Keld Navntoft/AFP/Getty Images

Danish Social Democrat prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt has vowed to remain in office after a coalition partner departed over a controversial (...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt adresses the media at a press conference today at the prime minister’s office in Copenhagen. Photograph: Getty Images

Denmark’s Socialist People’s party has quit the ruling centre-left coalition amid discord over plans to sell a stake in state-controlled Dong Energy t(...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning- Schmidt:  “This should hopefully be the last [reshuffle].” Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

While the world debates her Mandela funeral “selfie” with David Cameron and Barack Obama, Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is fighting (...)

British prime minister David Cameron, Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and US president Barack Obama pose for a ‘selfie’ at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service today.

British prime minster David Cameron and US president Barack Obama posed for a mobile phone “selfie” at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service today.The two(...)