Frances Fitzgerald: says  Ireland views the passenger name records (PNR) proposal as a “priority” for the EU

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has written to Ireland’s 11 MEPs urging them to back contentious legislation that aims to facilitate the pool(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  struck a defiant note when indicating he would not ask the EU for a bailout extension. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras struck a defiant tone in an address to parliament in Athens, as he ruled out requesting an extension of the Greek (...)

The European Central Bank has banned the use of Greek government debt as collateral for loans, in a sign of intensifying tensions between Athens an(...)

Greek PM Alexis Tsiparis is greeted by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker  prior to a meeting at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, as part of his tour of European capitals.      Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras arrives in Brussels today for talks with the head of the European Commission and European Council, while finance (...)

  Chancellor George Osborne  is understood to have told Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis that London  will not be sympathetic to Athens’s debt demands. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Suzanne Lynch and Mark Hennessy Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras travels to Brussels tomorrow for meetings with the head of the European Commission(...)

French President Francois Hollande: The ECB’s decision “should not stop us from carrying out reforms”

France has committed itself to faster economic reforms aimed at boosting growth in the wake of the ECB decision to inject billions into the European e(...)

British chancellor George Osborne, in Davos, welcomed the quantitative easing announcement but said it was not sufficient for a European recovery. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The stimulus package announced by the ECB should have several beneficial effects for Ireland, according to Government sources. The expected weakening (...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan will meet EU counterparts in Brussels  for a scheduled meeting of foreign ministers that is expected to be dominated by the issue of counter-terrorism. Photogragh: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan will meet EU counterparts in Brussels today for a scheduled meeting of foreign ministers that is expe(...)

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite. Photo: EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

EU leaders have backed a plan for more punitive sanctions against Crimea, including a ban on European cruise ships docking in Sevastapol, as Russian p(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel commenting on the tax debate in Brussels  said  “everybody is now in the same boat”. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The surprise announcement by the European Commission that it is to extend its request for information on tax rulings to all European Union member stat(...)