VFI chief executive Padraig Cribben: “The abuse and misuse of cheap alcohol being sold by supermarkets that sell alcohol as a loss leader needs to be urgently tackled, regardless of the measure.”

Plan to introduce a minimum price for alcohol risks in Scotland could breach EU law, a senior adviser to the European Court of Justice has ruled. Advo(...)

Refugees camp for the night in front of the Keleti train station in Budapest, Hungary. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters 1:03

Migrants poured into Budapest’s main railway station on Thursday after Hungarian police withdrew following a two-day standoff, triggering chaotic scen(...)

Migrants  paddling a rubber dinghy towards a  beach at Psalidi near Kos Town, Kos, Greece. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Nearly 30,000 suspected people smugglers have been identified by European authorities since the start of the year. The figure was disclosed by the hea(...)

EU agriculture commissioner  Phil Hogan may be facing one of his toughest challenges yet in the role. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/ EPA

It’s almost a year since former minister for the environment Phil Hogan faced MEPs at a European Parliament hearing held to approve his appointment as(...)

A refugee family from Syria with their daughter as hundreds wait to take a train to Germany at Keleti train station in central Budapest. Photograph: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times

Hungarian riot police kept close watch over more than 2,000 migrants gathered outside Budapest’s main train station last night, as numbers, frustratio(...)

 Migrants, mostly from Syria, prepare for registration at a facility of the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) on September 1st,  in Deggendorf, Germany. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The war in Syria is in its fifth year and shows no sign of ending. The downstream consequence of this are being seen on the shores of EU, and this wee(...)

Exchequer returns for August show that tax receipts for the first eight months of the year came to €27.3bn. Photograph: Getty Images

Latest exchequer figures, which show tax revenues well ahead of targets, will increase the clamour for the Government to draft an expansionary budget (...)

 A young refugee rests with her family on  the Blue Star ferry bound for Athens from Kos. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Greece’s caretaker government has said it will take immediate steps to improve conditions for the thousands of refugees and migrants that have arrived(...)

Amam, a 17-year-old refugee from the Syrian town of Latakia, shouts after his sister and mother were detained by Hungarian police outside the railway station in Budapest on Wednesday. Photograph: Reuters

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban travels to Brussels on Thursday for talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker as the refugee (...)

A migrant is helped to disembark from the Irish navy vessel LÉ Niamh in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

The Irish Naval Service will extend its involvement in humanitarian rescue missions in the Mediterranean, it was announced today. A report presented (...)