Irishman David O’Sullivan (61) will take up a four-year post as EU ambassador to the United States in September.

Irishman David O’Sullivan has been appointed as the next EU ambassador to the United States. In a statement today, European Union foreign policy chief(...)

David O’Sullivan will take up his post later in the year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The appointment of Irishman David O’Sullivan as EU ambassador to the United States will be announced early next week, the Irish Times understan(...)

David O’Sullivan: considered to  be one of the EU’s most senior civil servants

Irishman David O’Sullivan is set to be appointed the next EU ambassador to Washington. Mr O’Sullivan (60), the top official at the EU’s foreign(...)

Renato Ruggiero, who has died aged 83, was born in Naples in 1930 and studied law at Naples University, graduating in 1953. He entered the Italian dip(...)

 Former Italian prime minister  Silvio Berlusconi attends  the senate in Rome last month.  He said  this week  the ruling had confirmed his belief that a part of judiciary was out of control, claiming  he was the victim of a political witchhunt by left-wing magistrates. Photograph: Gregorio Borgia/AP

In the wake of the tsunami that hit Italian politics on Thursday night, when former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi was adjudged guilty of tax evasio(...)

A file image of  Silvio Berlusconi who has a month to  opt for either social services or house arrest.  Photograph: Reuters

Italy is bracing itself for the fallout from yesterday’s controversial court ruling in which centre-right leader Silvio Berlusconi received a four-yea(...)

Popolo della Liberta party deputy Alessandra Mussolini wears a T-shirt with a slogan that translates as “The Devil wears Prodi” as Italy’s parliament voted for the president of the republic . Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Italy’s protracted political stalemate took a dramatic turn on Saturday when a bitterly divided Democratic Party (PD) had to h(...)

 Members of the Italian parliament in Rome vote yesterday for a successor to Giorgio Napolitano. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Italy took a major step towards resolving the political stalemate that has blocked political life since the February general election when it r(...)

It hardly seemed possible but the Italian parliament further complicated the current government crisis yesterday when for t(...)

The lower house of the parliament is seen during the presidential election yesterday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Impossible though it may seem, Italy’s political landscape was looking even more confused last nigh(...)