Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo: Solidarity founder Lech Walesa says her government “acts against our freedom, achievements, democracy”.Photo: REUTERS/Slawomir Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta

Twenty-five years ago next month, the leaders of Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia gathered in the small Hungarian town of Visegrad on the banks of t(...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans: his announcement of a preliminary review of controversial new laws introduced by the governing Law and Justice Party will increase tensions between the EU and the new Polish government over. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Political pressure increased on Poland on Wednesday after the European Commission launched the first step in a procedure that could ultimately lead to(...)

Protesters in Freedom Square in Poznan, Poland, at the weekend under the banner Red Rard for Law and Justice (PiS). Photograph: EPA/Jakub Kaczmarczyk

EU officials returned to their desks this week in the hope that 2015 would be a year they could leave behind. A series of crises, beginning with the t(...)

London think-tank Open Europe says: “Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the geographic proximity and high levels of trade, our modelling suggests that Ireland would be hit the hardest.”

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union could be more costly for Ireland than it would be even for the UK itself, according to an economic s(...)

 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has insisted he did nothing wrong as prime minister of Luxembourg, pointing out the tax rulings offered were legal, he has moved to make corporate tax avoidance a key priority.

The “Lux leaks” scandal may have cast a shadow over Jean-Claude Juncker’s first months as European Commission president, but its real significance wil(...)

Two West German policemen prevent people from approaching as East German police, the vopos, stand on and near a fallen portion of the Berlin Wall onNovember 11th 1989.

East Germany ceased to exist four days before its 41st birthday, on the day of German unity: October 3rd 1990. But the emotional end of East Germany c(...)

Everything we know about the economy is based on estimates, and all estimates must be treated with caution. The latest revised CSO figures show the ec(...)

Jan Philipp Albrecht is the European parliamentary politician most closely identified with the politics of the digital era. At a time when data(...)

At its congress in the National Convention Centre in Dublin, starting today, the European People’s Party (EPP) will designate its candidate for(...)

German Social Democrat Martin Schulz: engaged in a “slightly democratic” gambit. Photograph: Reuters

For years the struggle between Europe’s institutions has been one of the real dynamics of EU politics, although often wrongly seen as periphera(...)