Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis: appeared to offer some concessions ahead of yesterday’s meeting, which was attended by Minister Michael Noonan. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis

Greece won little leeway from creditors at a eurogroup meeting in Riga yesterday, as senior European Union officials warned that the country must acc(...)

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters

This week the world looked on in horror as images of desperate migrants fleeing North Africa flashed across TV screens. The European Union has (...)

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel with British counterpart David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel during the  EU leaders summit in response to the migrant crisis. Photograph: Reuters

As the world watched footage of desperate migrants scrambling to reach European shores this week, the need for a global and European response to the t(...)

Migrants are transported to the armed forces of Malta Maritime Squadron base at Haywharf in Valletta’s Marsamxett. Up to 900 people may have died in last Sunday’s disaster off the coast of Libya.  Photograph: Reuters 1:00

Ireland is to participate for the first time in an EU search and rescue mission, following the Government’s decision to send a fully crewed ship to th(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  arrives at the European Council headquarters for an extraordinary summit of EU leaders to deal on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Mr Kenny says the State will contribute a ship to rescue efforts in the region. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The Republic is to contribute a fully crewed and equipped ship to search and rescue efforts in the Mediterranean, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speak(...)

Migrants on board of Italian Navy ship ‘Chimera’ before disembarking in the southern harbour of Salerno. The catastrophe during the week may have pushed the issue of migration up the European political agenda, but finding a long-term, cohesive solution is likely to prove more difficult. Photograph: Ciro De Luca/Reuters 1:00

EU heads of state gather in Brussels on Thursday for an emergency summit on migration prompted by the deaths of more than 900 people in the Mediterran(...)

Alexis Tsipras met the head of Russia’s state-owned gas company Gazprom on Tuesday amid signs a commitment to building a joint pipeline between the Black Sea and Greece may be in the offing. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is expected to discuss the escalating Greek standoff with German chancellor Angela Merkel tomorrow in Brussels, ah(...)

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(...)

European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom gives a press briefing ahead of the TTIP negotiations. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

Small and medium-sized firms will be the big winners of an EU-US trade deal, according to a report published by the European Commission yesterday. As(...)

Migrants, who are trying to reach Greece, are rescued by members of the Greek Coast guard and locals near the coast of Rhodes. Photograph: Eurokinissi/Reuters

EU leaders will gather in Brussels this Thursday for an emergency summit on migration amid reports that at least three more vessels capsized in the Me(...)