British prime minster David Cameron: he will come face to face with EU leaders for the first time since his party’s decisive victory in the British general election two weeks ago. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron is expected to make his opening salvo in his bid to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the European Union w(...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “The EU has accepted the problem is not only Italy’s. It has agreed to send ships but now they have to accept the quota system.” Photograph: EPA/Angelo Carconi

Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, has accused other EU members states of shirking their responsibility to accept asylum seekers after Spain and(...)

Bombay Pantry’s Emma Sheehan said she was “absolutely delighted”that the company’s Indian ready meals would soon be on the shelves of Tesco. “It’s such a great opportunity. We’re from Wicklow and it will do great stuff for the local community in Kilcoole.” File pPhotograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Friends Catherine Buggy and Suzanne Lynch started making baking mixes at their kitchen table and selling them at farmers’ markets less two years ago. (...)

Siofra  O’Leary will serve a nine-year term at the European Court of Human Rights. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish lawyer Siofra O’Leary (46) has been appointed a judge at the European Court of Human Rights. Ms O’Leary was one of three Irish candidates nomina(...)

British prime minister David Cameron arriving for an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels. He has committed to holding a referendum on EU membership by 2017

British prime minister David Cameron kicked off the British general election campaign this week, describing it as “the most important general elect(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks of tax cuts on the back of successful negotiations with the commission. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

HARRY McGEE The Government has been accused of preparing to buy the next election as it steps up its efforts to have the European Commission’s strict(...)

Greece’s Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has ratcheted up the pressure on Greece’s lenders to accept Athens’s latest reform proposals. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan travels to Brussels for a meeting of euro-zone finance ministers that is expected to be dominated by Greece, as t(...)

Yanis Varoufakis: Proposed new measures to unlock remaining bailout funds. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Greece has proposed a series of new measures – including the deployment of tourists as temporary tax inspectors – in a bid to unlock remaining funds d(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz has denounced the “repeated and arbitrary” denial of admission into Russia of Latvian MEP Sandra Kalniete. Photograph: Emanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Tucked away on the ground floor of the labyrinthine European Parliament building in Brussels is the Anna Politkovskaya room. The parliament’s main pre(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini arrives to attend a conference on Ebola on Tuesday in  Brussels. Leaders of Ebola-hit countries in west Africa attend an international conference in Brussels  to mobilise a final push to end the outbreak and ensure the delivery of nearly $5 billion in aid pledges. Photograph: AFP

Western countries must continue their efforts to combat the Ebola epidemic which is continuing to claim hundreds of lives in west Africa, according to(...)