Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at a press conference in Rome after a ship packed with migrants capsized off the Libyan coast, 200km south of the Italian island of Lampedusa. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

The European Union has pledged to take “bold” and immediate action to tackle the continent’s migration crisis after hundreds were feared dead in the (...)

Rescued migrants after they disembark at Corigliano harbour, Italy, this week. Since April 10th alone, the Italian coast guard has rescued about 8,500 people. Photograph: Francesco Arena/EPA

Eighteen months on from the Lampedusa tragedy, which saw 366 migrants lose their lives off the Italian island, Europe’s migration problem shows no (...)

The IMF ruled out granting Greece permission to defer debt repayments. The fund’s managing director Christine Lagarde said that an advanced economy had never asked for a payment delay. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Yields on 10-year Greek debt rose to their highest level in two years on Thursday amid fears the country is moving closer to default as it struggles t(...)

Ireland was ranked behind the UK, Austria and Lithuania, among others, but scored above the average of 31 per cent. Hungary and Cyprus ranked lowest in the survey. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has been ranked sixth best out of 19 EU member states in a survey of measures in place to guard against “undue influence” in the political sys(...)

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager in Brussels, where the EU charged Google with abusing its dominant position as Europe’s top search engine. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

in Brussels The European Commission formally accused Google of abusing its dominance in the internet shopping space.It also initiated a separate inve(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schauble speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Greece’s European creditors intensified pressure on the indebted nation yesterday, warning the Greek government that a deal is unlikely at next week(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who along with her French counterpart François Hollande,  has been notably quiet in their public comments on the trade pact. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

European Commission officials travel across the Atlantic next week for talks on the European Union-United States trade deal as the ninth round of n(...)

Tipperary-born Donal Ryan was one of 12 writers awarded the 2015 European Union Prize for Literature at the London Book Fair for his novel, The Spinning Heart. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland’s literary and cultural achievements were recognised by two separate EU bodies in London and The Hague on Tuesday as writer Donal Ryan and the(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras: his government’s   labour market, pension reform and  privatisation measures face troika scrutiny.  Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP/Getty Images

Greece will this week seek to agree core elements of a provisional deal with international creditors ahead of a key meeting of euro zone finance mini(...)

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister: Negotiations between Greece and its international creditors will resume in Brussels and Athens on Monday.

Suzanne Lynch, European CorrespondentNegotiations between Greece and its international creditors will resume in Brussels and Athens on Monday in a bid(...)