Former minister for European affairs Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The shortcomings of the European Union do not warrant the “visceral criticism” heard about it so often, former minister for European affairs Lucinda C(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker after his election as president of the European Commission. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

EU leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny travel to Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the delegation of senior European Union positions, amid expect(...)

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(...)

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(...)

France’s far right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen hugs her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, France’s National Front political party founder, during a campaign rally. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

A dispute over an apparent allusion to Nazi gas chambers has caused a public split between Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front (FN), and (...)

UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage speaks to the media after the declaration of the Newark by-election at Kelham Hall near Newark. UKIP came second in the byelection but trailed the Conservatives by 7,000 votes. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters.

British prime minister David Cameron has won a significant by-election in England, beating the UK Independence Party by some 7,000 votesThe result in (...)

While it may not seem like it as he bathes in the reflected glory of Marine Le Pen’s historic 25 per cent share of the French vote, in his home country Geert Wilders has gone from heading the polls to trailing in them in the space of just three months. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

The Dutch are a commonsense people, so they were surprised last week when, having consigned Geert Wilders to third place in the European elections (...)

Ukip candidate in the Newark byelection Roger Helmer: sticking by his view that there has been “no global warming for 17 years and nine months; that is a long time without global warming”. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Newark suffered three sieges during the English civil war because two roads, vitally important both to the Royalists and the Parliamentarians, ran thr(...)

Ukip leader Nigel Farage in Brussels: mixed views on immigrants. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Polish construction workers could be heard as they fitted out a shop close to 8pm, as theatre-goers headed on Wednesday for the nearby Pentameters The(...)

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(...)