British Foreign Secretary  Philip Hammond: ‘The uncomfortable truth is that the EU’s growth rate is far below that needed to reduce unemployment to acceptable levels and is being challenged not only by Asia, but also by the US.’ Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Right across the continent, anti-EU parties have made huge gains in recent years – in local, national and European elections. We need to respond by ma(...)

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A Cheann Comhairle, Since taking office in 2011, the Government has been determined to fulfil the mandate given to us by the Irish people. To repair t(...)

A UK referendum provides an opportunity to turn its problems into the problems of the EU as a whole. Photograph: The Irish Times

A referendum on British membership of the European Union seems a near certain bet, whether held in 2017 as promised by prime minister David Cameron or(...)

Donal O’Mahony, from Davy Stockbrokers: believes a virtuous circle is forming, with economic activity, rising asset prices and confidence levels all feeding off each other.

If you have been experiencing an unfamiliar sensation in your nether regions recently, it may be well be the “mild reflationary tailwinds” that have u(...)

A graffiti entitled ‘Money kills Morals’ adorns the construction site fence at the new headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt Main. EPA/BORIS ROESSLER

Europe’s banking union will be unable to cope with systemic crises in the euro zone, a senior German economist has warned, unless the winding-up of f(...)

The European Commission has always been on the side of Ireland and will continue to stand by Ireland even now after it has exited the bailout programme, European Commission President, Jose Manuel Barroso said tonight

The European Commission has always been on the side of Ireland and will continue to stand by Ireland even now after it has exited the bailout progr(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan told a conference on the future of European banking that ‘external prospects are at their most benign for Ireland for a number of years’. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said today the results of the recently-concluded asset review tests on Irish banks contained “no great surprises”(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB). Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images.

The European Central Bank is ready to take fresh action when needed but its monetary policy cannot create real economic growth, which governments need(...)

Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance, with his Portuguese counterpart Vitor Gaspar,  at the informal meeting of Ecofin ministers at Dublin Castle yesterday. Photograph: Alan Betson

EU finance ministers agreed in December to create a single supervision mechanism (SSM) for euro zone banks, which would see national sup(...)