Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis insinuated on Monday that the European Commission was prepared to back Greece’s demands, but was scuppered by the euro group, led by Germany.

To end one emergency euro group meeting in disarray could be regarded as a misfortune, but for two meetings to break down without agreement looks l(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz stole a march on the European Commission by responding to the surveillance allegations early on Sunday, during a typically quiet news period. Photograph: Reuters/Jean-Marc Loos

Reports in Der Spiegel and the Guardian that America’s surveillance tactics extended to its European allies may have ignited a diplomatic row between (...)

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy welcomes Taoiseach Enda Kenny  at  the European Union leaders summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrived at the Justus Lipsius building in Brussels to face a scrum of reporters, he had never seemed so prepared. (...)