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(...)

British prime minister David Cameron speaks to the media after an EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Yves Logghe

British prime minister David Cameron is making a big play for concessions from Europe ahead of a referendum on British EU membership after he failed (...)

Professor John McHale, Chairman of , Irish Fiscal Advisory Council: stressed that significant uncertainties remain for the economy, primarily because of the high levels of private debt and the uneven pace of recovery abroad. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government would be “unwise” to contemplate a budget adjustment of less than €2 billion given the uncertainties still surrounding Ireland’s eco(...)

President  Higgins honouring 1916 leaders  at Arbour Hilllast month. He will visit Liege in August. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill  Donaill / The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins is to attend the first major multinational commemoration event marking the outbreak of the first World War on August 4th (...)

AfD leader Bernd Lucke: “This is a success for our voters who, with this decision, have been given a strong voice in Europe.” Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party was accepted into the Conservatives’ European Parliament group yesterday, creating fresh headaches (...)

Tánaiste  Eamon Gilmore: ‘We are monitoring the situation very carefully, particularly in eastern Ukraine. There is an urgent need for a de-escalatation of the crisis and for Moscow to engage in serious dialogue with Ukraine’s interim government.’ File photograph: The Irish Times

There was “a degree of coordintion” behind events in Ukraine over recent days during which pro-Russia elements seized control of state owned bu(...)

The headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt, Germany. The Central Bank is now coming under increasing pressure from the ECB to dispose of the bonds at a faster pace than originally envisaged.

The Government is facing a potential shortfall of tens of millions of euro ahead of this year’s budget as it comes under press(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza during the fourth EU-Africa summit of heads of state at the European Council headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello was one of a number of EU politicians and African heads of states gathered in Brussel(...)

President Barack Obama meets Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Doug Mills/ The New York Times

US president Barack Obama’s four-day visit to Europe continued yesterday with a visit to the EU headquarters in Brussels, where he held talks w(...)

Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (second from right) and EU Council president Herman Van Rompuy (right) exchange documents during the signing ceremony of political provisions of the Association Agreement with Ukraine at the second day of spring European head of states summit at the EU council headquaters in Brussels, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

The EU yesterday extended sanctions to close allies of Russian president Vladimir Putin, including the deputy prime minister a(...)