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(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel told the Bundestag that Ireland was a good example of how the economic approach pushed by Berlin could bear fruit. Ireland had “followed consequentially the path of reform” and was now “growing strongly, attracting investment with unemployment dropping step by step”, she said. “This shows what decisive action can achieve.” Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the move by the European Commission to extend a request for information on tax rulings to all 28 EU member states, a(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker  with Taoiseach  Enda Kenny   at the start of the EU summit  in Brussels. Photograph: EPA

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has urged EU member states’ leaders to provide national top-ups for his new EU investment fund, conf(...)

New European Council president Donald Tusk of Poland before a meeting at the EU Council headquarters in Brussels. Today’s EU summit will bethe first under the leadership of Mr Tusk. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Berlin has insisted that an EU plan to stimulate European growth through investment must be led by the private sector and not dominated by political p(...)

Luke Ming Flanagan said that ultimately his family comes first. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Minister for European Affairs Dara Murphy has said that MEPs should attend the European Parliament at all times “in so far as they possibly can,” as h(...)

Twenty years ago this month, the first Eurostar service left London’s Waterloo station for Paris. The service still its challenges as many of the carriages feel dated, while wifi is not available. Photograph: Reuters

Zipping through the sedate countryside of northern Belgium, the distinctive blue and yellow blur of the Eurostar can be seen, darting through the tunn(...)