US secretary of state John Kerry speaks at the 52nd Security Conference in Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Munich. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/EPA

US secretary of state John Kerry has said he would like to see the United Kingdom remain part of the European Union. Ahead of talks between EU leade(...)

Mário Centeno, Portugal’s finance minister, said Lisbon had agreed to table the extra deficit-reduction measures requested by Brussels, but added that he was ‘certain they will not be needed’. Photograph: Hugo Correia/Reuters.

An agreement by Portugal’s new Socialist government to draw up “Plan B” deficit cuts to ensure its “anti-austerity” budget complies with EU rules has (...)

A protester holds a sign reading in Czech “Stop Islam and stop Merkel”, during an anti-Islam rally in front of Prague Castle. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

In a secluded guesthouse beside a forest near the Czech town of Jihlava, a delicate experiment is under way. This is a temporary home for some of the(...)

Federation of German Industries chief executive Markus Kerber: says Greece should be given better financial deal for beefing up controls on flow of migrants into Europe. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Greece’s debt problem could be key to resolving Europe’s refugee crisis, the head of Germany’s main business lobby has said. Markus Kerber, chief e(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said that voters should look to Portugal as an example of how “political instability leads to economic instab(...)

Copyright issues affecting content uploaded online are a “web of complexity”, a conference hosted by the Irish Centre for European Law heard

Online copyright issues are mired in a “web of complexity” with even experts sometimes unable to decipher them, a legal adviser for Google has told a (...)

The EU report says online selling may have the capacity to reduce the harm caused by drugs as the quality may be better and they are less prone to contamination

Online drug dealing has the capacity to reduce harm for users due to the higher quality of substances sold and less violence associated with criminal (...)

Members of the Garda Public Order Unit confront protesters at an anti-racism demonstration against the launch of an Irish branch of Pegida in Dublin on Saturday. Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The launch of an Irish branch of Pegida, the European anti-Islamisation group, and the protests that greeted it last weekend, illustrate persistent co(...)

Former French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault: to succeed Laurent Fabius as foreign minister. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

French president François Hollande on Thursday appointed former prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault to succeed Laurent Fabius as foreign minister and bro(...)

 The German-led patrol will be backed by planes that can monitor the flow of people attempting illegal crossings. Photograph: Ingo Wagner/AP

Nato has sent a patrol of three warships to intercept migrants trying to reach Greece by sea and send them back to Turkey, as Europe steps up efforts (...)