European Central Bank vice-president Vitor Constancio: “If we would have to broaden the programme to include the so-called mezzanine tranches, where there is more risk, for that we would indeed some kind of guarantee.” Photograph: EPA/Matteo Bazzi

The prospect that Irish banks could offload some of their problematic mortgage debts as part of the European Central Bank’s asset-backed security-purc(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan “extremely pleased” with the new line-up of commissioners with responsibility for taxation matters. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has moved to allay concerns that the changes announced at the European Commission last week will increase press(...)

The letter said Jean-Claude  Juncker’s decision to merge the climate action and energy portfolios “could imply that climate action is considered subordinate to energy market considerations”. Photograph: Reuters

Europe’s leading environmental organisations have accused European Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker of rolling back EU commitments on su(...)

Juncker’s new commission
  • Europe
  • September 11, 2014, 01:00

In his apparently harmonious reconciliation of competing interests for portfolio nominations in the European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker(...)

European Commission president elect Jean-Claude Juncker: said yesterday his new team “will put Europe back on the path to jobs and growth”. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

A smiling Jean-Claude Juncker greeted journalists in the press room of the European Commission’s Berlaymont building yesterday to unveil the team of c(...)

Phil Hogan: all set for his role as EU agriculture commissioner. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Jean-Claude Juncker had promised “some surprises” when he announced the allocation of commission portfolios yesterday. He did not disappoint. The appo(...)

EU incoming digital policy chief Günther Oettinger. Photograph: EPA

The EU’s incoming digital policy chief has put Google on notice that it faces a potentially more hostile Brussels regime, suggesting the US group coul(...)

European Commission president elect Jean-Claude Juncker gestures as he addresses the media on the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

The incoming head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled an EU executive team today that handed key economic responsibilities to Fr(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker gives a press conference to announce the attribution of portfolios of European Commissioners-designate at EU commission headquaters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled the European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. The team, which mus(...)

Phil Hogan who was named as the EU’s next agriculture commissioner today. Photograph: Collins

Phil Hogan has been named as the next EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, marking the second time Ireland has secured the post foll(...)