Commissionerships are still a valued commodity, as the debate over the nomination of Phil Hogan  confirms, not least due to the  salary and benefits. With commissioners commanding a monthly salary of €20,800 – rising to €23,100 for vice-presidents – plus pension, residence allowances and transitional payments.

Following the fractious battle over the nomination of José Manuel Barroso’s successor as European Commission president, EU leaders met in Brussels yes(...)

EU commissioner  Olli Rehn: Obliged to take “electoral leave”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

As Portugal followed Ireland and Spain, and became the third country to hail the successful completion of its bailout programme, one familiar figure o(...)

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(...)

Anne Hidalgo, set to be elected first female mayor of Paris, talking to a passerby after voting in yesterday’s mayoral election. Photograph: Reuters

Paris looked set to elect its first female mayor last night, but the victory for socialist Anne Hidalgo was an isolated piece of good news for Pres(...)

The Pole Emploi logo sits on display as jobseekers queue inside a branch of the French national employment agency. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

France’s unemployment rate fell to 10.2 per cent in the fourth quarter, providing the first quarterly decline in two years and a boost for pres(...)

Australian treasurer Joe Hockey speaks to the media at the close of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings today. Photograph:   Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

The world’s top economies agreed today to develop stricter rules on cross-border taxation to close loopholes that have allowed multinationals s(...)

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde  chats with Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osbourne (right) and Australia’s treasurer Joe Hockey before the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors round table meeting in Sydney today. Photograph: William West/Pool/Reuters

The world’s top economies may agree to set an ambitious target for faster global growth at a weekend meeting in Sydney, where major central ban(...)

Foreign ministers of the EU’s 28 member states are due to meet in Brussels this afternoon for emergency talks on Ukraine. More than 20 people are reported to have died in violence near Independence Square (pictured) in Kiev this morning. Photograph: David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters.

Foreign ministers of the EU’s 28 member states are due to meet in Brussels this afternoon for emergency talks on Ukraine. The crisis in (...)

The European Parliament: in disagreement with member states on the details of Europe’s proposed Single Resolution Mechanism. Photograph: Reuters/Vincent Kessler

Finance ministers of the 18 euro zone countries gather today in Brussels to advance negotiations on the Sing(...)

A van carrier transports a container at the harbour of Hamburg. German economic growth unexpectedly accelerated to 0.4 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2013 thanks to a rise in exports and capital investment, seasonally-adjusted data showed today. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Economic growth across the euro zone was stronger than expected at the end of 2013, according to official figures, rais(...)