Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt – flanked by British PM David Cameron – whose decision to call an early general election marks the latest spate of electoral activity across Europe. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/AP Photo

The surprise decision by Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday to call an early general election next month marks the latest spate(...)

Up and away: Aer Lingus  stock closed  yesterday 1.5 per cent up at €2.43. Photograph: Alan Betson

European shares rebounded on Wednesday from a one-week low the day before, supported by the prospect of an accord between Greece and its creditors. T(...)

Adults who take too much caffeine can suffer anxiety and problems sleeping

Consuming more than five espressos worth of caffeine a day could be damaging to your health, according to European food safety experts. The European F(...)

Members of Get the Boat to Vote, a group of Irish people who returning from London to vote in the same-sex marriage referendum last Friday, as they arrived at the Stena ferry terminal in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan 2:11

Last weekend at Dublin Castle, thousands gathered to mark a watershed moment in Irish history. As the country delivered a resounding Yes to marriage(...)

EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos at a press conference in Brussels on Wednesday to announce plans for other EU member states to take 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Other EU member states will accept 40,000 migrants from Italy and Greece over the next two years under proposals announced by the European Commission (...)

 Aer Lingus: It is not clear yet whether the deal will mean lower fares for consumers.  Photograph: Peter  Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

International Consolidated Airline Group’s (IAG) €1.4 billion bid for Aer Lingus moved a critical step closer to success when the Government announced(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. The commission is proposing that a mandatory common corporate tax base be introduced on a staged basis. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

The European Commission is to propose a mandatory common corporate tax base next month as part of a wide-ranging clampdown on corporate tax avoidance.(...)

British minister for Europe David Lidington: set out Britain’s preliminary plans for renegotiation of EU membership. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Britain’s Europe minister, David Lidington, travelled to Dublin on Tuesday for discussions on Britain’s planned renegotiation of EU membership, ahead (...)

Bobby Aylward (centre) has his hand raised by Carlow-Kilkenny Fianna Fáil colleague John McGuinness on his arrival at Leinster House after winning a byelection in the constituency at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil put on a united front as it welcomed Carlow-Kilkenny byelection winner Bobby Aylward back to Leinster House. Mr Aylward (60) arrived to t(...)

The Cabinet has agreed to sell the State’s 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus.   Fine Gael and Labour believe they have won significant concessions from IAG in relation to the proposal. 3:13

The Cabinet has agreed to sell the State’s 25 per cent stake in Aer Lingus at a meeting on Tuesday evening. It is understood the Dáil will vote on th(...)