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

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 fiscal ru(...)

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(...)

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(...)