A number of EU commissioner designates, including Irish nominee Phil Hogan (above), will meet incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker this week in Brussels. Photograph: David Sleator

Ireland is interested in securing an EU commissionership related to jobs, investment and growth, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said this weekend, suggesting t(...)

 Children who were evacuated stand in their beds in the ‘Antoshka’ orphanage in Kramatorsk, Ukraine today. About 70 children have been evacuated to the orphanage from Donetsk and Makeevka orphanages due to fighting between militants and Ukrainian forces in the areas. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko said he is convinced the EU will lay the groundwork today for new sanctions against Russia, expressing hope that they will push Moscow into peacefully settling tensions with Kiev. Photograph: EPA

Ukraine said today Russian tanks had flattened a small border town and pro-Russian rebels had made fresh gains in its east, as EU leaders signalled 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(...)