Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at a press conference in Rome after a ship packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, 200km south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

The European Union has pledged to take “bold” and immediate action to tackle the continent’s migration crisis after hundreds were feared dead in the (...)

Rescued migrants after they disembark at Corigliano harbour, Italy, this week. Since April 10th alone, the Italian coast guard has rescued about 8,500 people. Photograph: Francesco Arena/EPA

Eighteen months on from the Lampedusa tragedy, which saw 366 migrants lose their lives off the Italian island, Europe’s migration problem shows no (...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. European Parliament president Martin Schulz warned Mr Tsipras not to break with the EU line on sanctions towards Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis.

Greece has not asked Russia for money to help cope with its debt and financial problems and wants to resolve them within the European Union, a Greek g(...)

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel  and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  inform the public about their previous talk during a press conference in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Stephanie Pilick/EPA 3:04

European Parliament president Martin Schulz said in an interview published on Tuesday he expected Greece to reach an agreement with its euro zone part(...)

Ukraine’s prime minister, Arseny Yatsenyuk, in Brussels yesterday after meeting European Council president Donald Tusk, who led calls for EU member states to commit to extending sanctions against Russia. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

European Union leaders were locked in discussions last night about allowing the European Commission greater oversight over energy contracts with supp(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), leaves after attending a news conference following an ECB meeting in Nicosia, Cyprus. Photograph : Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

European companies are likely to join a boom in share buybacks as central bank cash floods the economy, risking criticism that they are recycling capi(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz has denounced the “repeated and arbitrary” denial of admission into Russia of Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete. Photograph: Emanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Tucked away on the ground floor of the labyrinthine European Parliament building in Brussels is the Anna Politkovskaya room. The parliament’s main pre(...)

Portugal’s prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho. He said Greece must “respect its commitments” and comply with European rules like everyone else. Photograph:  Reuters/Rafael Marchante

Taoiseach Enda Kenny travels to Brussels tomorrow for meetings with the head of the European Commission and European Council amid increasing signs th(...)

 Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem (L) and Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (R) speak during a press conference following a meeting at the Finance Ministry in Athens. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA.

The new leftwing government in Athens opened negotiations on its bailout package with European partners on Friday by flatly rejecting the expected (...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (C) and members of the Greek government pose  for a family photograph  outside the Parliament in Athens ahead of their first cabinet meeting. Photograph: Pantelis Saitas/EPA.

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and his finance minister have pledged to avoid a standoff with creditors but say they still intend to roll back (...)