Independent MEP Luke Ming Flanagan urged incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker  to honour his commitment to  Ireland regarding bank debt. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Two Irish MEPs yesterday pressed incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on the issue of Ireland’s claim for debt relief.During a c(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker, European Peoples’ Party group candidate designate for the presidency of the European Commission (left) and Nigel Farage, chairman of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group of the European Parliament, in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

Six weeks ago French prime minister Manuel Valls described the European elections as a “political earthquake” after anti-EU parties topped the poll(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble insisted  legislating for direct ESM recapitalisations  would did not open the floodgates and allow problem banks empty the rescue fund. Photograph: Eric Luke

Germany has backed the principle of retroactive direct bank recapitalisation for euro zone banks, after the cabinet in Berlin gave the go-ahead yes(...)

European Parliament President Martin Schulz reacts after his re-election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday. Reuters/Jean-Marc Loos

It was a case of first day of school for Ireland’s newly elected MEPs yesterday as the first session of the eighth European Parliament got under way (...)

French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and Dutch Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

National Front leader Marine Le Pen has failed in her bid to form a political group in the European Parliament, having been unable to gain the requ(...)

Number one: Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan celebrates with supporters after his election to the European Parliament. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Protesters lined up at a European election ballot box, one roaring into it through a megaphone, another raising a fist, a third waving a placard with (...)

Maireád McGuinness is congratulated by supporters after she took the second seat in the European Parliament for Midlands North-West. Photograph: Michael Donnelly

A full recheck of the count in the European Parliament election for Midlands North West has been announced after a dramatic eighth count after which o(...)

Sinn Fein candidate Lynn Boylan arrives in the RDS where she topped the poll. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 1:20

Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has failed to secure a seat in the Dublin European constituency following a recount which saw Independent Nessa Childers(...)

Owen Bannigan of Fine Gael collapsed and died from a massive heart attack while canvassing.

Count staff and local election pundits breathed a sight of relief today as a recheck was due to begin on hundreds of of ballot papers at the Co Monagh(...)

Angela Merkel’s CDU comfortably topped the poll in Germany, but the rise of AfD is an indication of the shifting political ground in Europe. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/EPA

European citizens went to the polls this weekend for the first time since the full scale of the financial crisis became apparent. The result wa(...)