Commissionerships are still a valued commodity, as the debate over the nomination of Phil Hogan  confirms, not least due to the  salary and benefits. With commissioners commanding a monthly salary of €20,800 – rising to €23,100 for vice-presidents – plus pension, residence allowances and transitional payments.

Following the fractious battle over the nomination of José Manuel Barroso’s successor as European Commission president, EU leaders met in Brussels yes(...)

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(...)

SNP leader Alex Salmond: will he see a new independent Scotland blooming or will caution dictate otherwise? Photograph: Getty

There are not many countries where a referendum on the independence of a large part of the home territory could be held peacefully and by agreement be(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi (centre) with European Commission president José Manuel Barroso (left) and members of the EU commission following a meeting in Rome yesterday. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi has criticised the head of the German central bank, Jens Weidmann, saying the Bundesbank should not get involved i(...)

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi arrives to the plenary session at European Parliament in Strasbourg to present the programme of the Italian presidency. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The European Union must regain people’s “trust and confidence” Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi said yesterday, in a speech to mark the start of(...)

David Cameron’s stand against Jean-Claude Juncker has been greeted warmly by Eurosceptic Conservatives. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron rejected last-minute pleas from German chancellor Angela Merkel last night not to try to block the nomination of (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel insists she wants Jean-Claude Juncker as the next commission president. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

One hundred years after a Bosnian nationalist fired the shots that led to the outbreak of the first World War, EU leaders gather in the Flemish town (...)

Asked if the possibility of further EU sanctions on Russia,  German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it “might be a debate to be continued at the next meeting of the European heads of state and government”. Photograph: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

EU leaders may consider imposing further sanctions on Russia at next week’s leaders’ summit in Brussels, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Stein(...)

There is a cloud of uncertainty over whether international companies in Switzerland will have access to EU markets. EPA/GIAN EHRENZELLER

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny vowed to make Ireland the best small country in the world to do business, we don’t know if he had Switzerland on his radar.T(...)

Enda Kenny “is a courageous European statesman for his country and Europe”, says European commissioner Michel Barnier. Photograph:  Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

European commissioner Michel Barnier has praised Taoiseach Enda Kenny as “a courageous European statesman” but said Jean-Claude Juncker has the “legi(...)