Siemens said its offer for Alstom’s power business was ‘superior industrially, financially and socially’ to that of General Electric, and reaffirmed pledges to create new jobs in France. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Siemens and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries added a billion euros to their offer for French multinational Alstom’s energy business today, hoping to see of(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls: “Yes, the left could die. What could kill it is the century-old debate of the French left, which refuses to accept its responsibilities.” Photograph: EPA/Thomas Bregardis

Manuel Valls, France’s Socialist prime minister, has warned the French left that it “could die” if it does not embrace reforms, as the government face(...)

A couple stand in front of the Jewish Museum  in Brussels where four people were shot. “The danger of a European 9/11 is more real than ever,” Jean-Pierre Filiu, a Syria expert and professor at Sciences Po told “Libération” newspaper. Photograph: Reuters

The arrest of Mehdi Nemmouche (29), a French Muslim suspected of having murdered four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels on May 24th, has heighte(...)

UKIP leader Nigel Farage. “I have just sat in a meeting [in the European parliament] where you would think nothing had happened at all, it was business as usual.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

EU leaders gathered in Brussels yesterday, two days after voters returned the highest number of anti-EU and extremist parties to the European Parliame(...)

Marine Le Pen, France’s National Front political party head, reacts to results after the polls closed in the European Parliament elections at the party’s headquarters in Nanterre, near Paris.  Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters 1:19

The extreme right-wing, europhobic National Front (FN) won the European elections in France with an estimated 25.4 per cent of the vote, according to (...)

If Marine Le Pen leads her National Front party to victory, she improves her chances of making it to the 2017 presidential run-off. Photograph: Reuters

France will elect 74 MEPs on Sunday week. The government has not organised a civic information campaign, as it usually does for elections. Nearly two-(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), pauses during a news conference at the bank’s headquarters in Frankfurt last month. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

The European Central Bank is ready to take action next month to boost the euro zone economy if price inflation forecasts warrant it, its president sai(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Finnish finance minister Jutta Urpilainen chat at the start of eurogroup finance ministers’ meeting  in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

The European Commission has slightly lowered its growth forecasts for Ireland this year, but expects gross domestic product (GDP) to rise by 3 per (...)

Manuel Valls, France’s new prime minister (left), said the socialist government was “attentive to jobs, technology and decision-making centres”. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

The French government has issued a warning to General Electric that it is ready to fight to protect national interests if the US conglomerate a(...)

France’s prime minister Manuel Valls and president François Hollande at tribute event to late politician Dominque Baudis. Vall’s approval rating continues to soar, while Hollande’s popularity falls. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

It had never happened in French politics: a president and prime minister from the same party, simultaneously breaking records for unpopularity (...)