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(...)

British sappers dig a communication trench to Messines Ridge on May 7th, 1917, during the battle of Flanders. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Driving through northern Flanders, the flat, agricultural farmland is dotted with cemeteries, a visual reminder of the bloodshed that unfolded here(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: confirmed yesterday there will be a House of Commons vote on an opt-back in to the European arrest warrant within the next three weeks. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron is to face increased pressure from Eurosceptic Conservative Party MPs to secure changes to EU migration rules (...)

David O’Sullivan: the  chief operating officer of the European Union’s diplomatic corps, the European External Action Service

Sitting in his office in the European External Action Services (EEAS) headquarters in central Brussels, David O’Sullivan apologises for the bareness o(...)