Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The  “mini Schengen” plan of cutting back the borderless zone to just five countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Austria – was being discussed before the Paris attacks. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

It’s a sign of how fractious the European debate over the future of Schengen has become that the only coherent proposal this weekend is one f(...)

High birth rates  mean the number of students entering higher education is projected to grow by almost 30 per cent by 2028. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

It all seemed so much simpler back when university fees were abolished 20 years ago. In those sepia-tinted days, the rainbow government pr(...)

The Commission will now subject the Irish economy to an in-depth review. Photograph: Reuters

The European Commission has raised concerns about the housing market and the level of public and private debt in Ireland in its annual analysis(...)

Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk:  his country now has sufficient fuel in storage and can buy gas more cheaply from Europe. Photograph: Andrew Kravchenko/AP Photo

Ukraine has stopped buying gas from Russia and barred Russian airliners from its airspace, as tension between the neighbours increased over an energy (...)

European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker attends a debate on terrorist attacks in Paris and subsequent police and military operations at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said the “spirit of Schengen” must be safeguarded as he warned against equating terrorists with (...)

The EU executive arm had proposed stricter rules in 2013 but concerns about the impact of the new regulation, notably on the use of US benchmarks in Europe, delayed talks

European Union negotiators reached a deal in the early hours of Wednesday on new rules to prevent the rigging of market benchmarks, after banks’ attem(...)

 We cannot receive more refugees in Europe,” French prime minister Manuel Valls told journalists in Paris. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

French prime minister Manuel Valls has said Europe cannot accept more refugees, as he stressed the solution to the migration crisis lay in the Middle (...)

Migrants and refugees cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija. Since last week, Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees. Photograph: Getty Images

Following the horror of the terrorist attacks in Paris it was inevitable that the EU’s refugee strategy would come under the spotlight. Despite the fa(...)

The Commission said that the scheme will be “cost-neutral” to banks, and will be risk-weighted; riskier banks will pay higher contributions than safer banks, and this will be strengthened as EDIS is introduced gradually.

The European Commission on Tuesday proposed a euro-area wide insurance scheme for bank deposits, which would ensure that all retail deposits in the E(...)

Ciaran Lynch, Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis

The architecture of Irish governance compares favourably with other jurisdictions. Successive Irish governments have introduced far-reaching reforms o(...)