French prime minister Manuel Valls: the European Commission said the new French government must speed up its reform plan. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The European Central Bank has stepped up preparations for a new scheme to fight deflation by appointing BlackRock to advise on a possible bond- buy(...)

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(...)

Alexander Stubb, new chairman of the National Coalition party, talks to party members after his election at the party’s congress in Lahti, Finland today. Photograph: Reuters/Jussi Nukari/Lehtikuva

Finland’s EU minister Alexander Stubb, who wants to cut taxes and take his neutral country into Nato, won the leadership of his ruling conservative pa(...)

Europe’s fragmented telecoms market and regulatory imbalances needs sorting if the EU is to spur a new generation of technology start-ups. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Europe needs to sort out its fragmented telecoms market and regulatory imbalances if it is to spur a new generation of technology start-ups and create(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron looks up during a visit to a construction site in central London, today May 27, 2014. Photograph:  Andrew Winning/Reuters

European Union leaders must not be “railroaded” by the European Parliament in choosing the next President of the European Commission, British Prime Mi(...)

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(...)

Finland’s prime minister Jyrki Katainen (left)  and his Polish counterpart  Donald Tusk, both  possible candidates to be next president of the European Commission. Photograph: Mauri Ratilainen/EPA

With the European Commission and parliament entering the final stretch before elections in May, staff of all ranks are nervously looking ahead and pos(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny vowed to underpin his positive message to delegates with the expectation that Ireland expects further concessions from its European partners on its legacy debt burden

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has noted a positive interest at the World Economic Forum in Ireland’s recovery from the “enormous shock” of its economic collaps(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he would balance his positive message to delegates with the expectation that Ireland expects further concessions from European partners on its legacy debt burden. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed a positive interest in Ireland’s economic outlook at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.Mr Kenny, joined by min(...)

Enda Kenny (centre) has been repeatedly linked with the role of European Council president. Other front-runners are thought to include the prime minister of Finland Jyrki Katainen (left) and Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said he would be surprised if the Taoiseach left the Government to take one of two powerful European roles whi(...)