Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  shakes hands with Belgian PM Charles Michel during a meeting at the Chateau of Val-Duchesse in Brussels on Tuesday. Turkey’s leader began his  European tour in Strasbourg last Sunday. Photograph: Nicolas Maeterlinck/AFP/Belga

The picturesque Alsatian town of Strasbourg is used to finding itself at the centre of political activity when thousands of MEPs and Eurocrats descend(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president François Hollande at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The leaders of France and Germany called on European Union member states to put their differences behind them as they tackle the refugee crisis, urgin(...)

Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg at  a press conference  in Brussels on Tuesday. “I will not speculate on the motives but this does not look like an accident,” he said. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Nato general secretary Jens Stoltenberg rejected claims by Russia that its incursion into Turkish airspace last weekend was accidental, amid claims t(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron, whose government has welcomed a European Court of Justice opinion on benefit payments to non-British nationals. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron has received a boost ahead of the forthcoming EU referendum after the European Court of Justice advised in a leg(...)

 European commissioner in charge of economic and financial affairs, Pierre Moscovici:   “Today’s agreement means an end to obscure tax agreements between companies and authorities which can facilitate tax abuse.” Photograph: Julien Warnand

EU commissioner Pierre Moscovici hailed a new agreement on tax rulings “a first victory” in the “revolution in tax transparency” on Tuesday, as EU fin(...)

Welcoming the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (Beps) report, Mr Noonan said the OECD proposals would “play to Ireland’s advantage”, despite fears it could provoke a flight of multinationals. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government has warned the European Union not to attempt to go beyond plans published on Monday that seek to lay down new global rules on taxing mu(...)

The Arch of Triumph among the Roman ruins of Palmyra which Islamic State extremists have blown up. Photograph: Getty Images 0:54

Nato has expressed “deep concern” about the Russian military build-up in Syria, warning Moscow to “immediately cease” its attacks on the Syrian opposi(...)

Michael Noonan at the start of the Eurogroup finance ministers meeting at the European Convention Centre in Luxembourg. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The European Commission sounded an early warning to member states about their responsibilities under Stability and Growth Pact rules, as it advised S(...)

EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly found the EU’s executive body’s approach to publicising meetings with tobacco lobbyists  was “inadequate, unreliable and unsatisfactory”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The European Commission has rejected a ruling by EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly which found that the Commission breached UN transparency rules in its mee(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan warns EU proposals on tax should not go further than OECD standards.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has welcomed the publication of today’s OECD report saying it poses no threat to Ireland’s foreign direct investme(...)