A man walks past a closed branch of the Bank of Cyprus in Nicosia. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/The New York Times

International lenders concluded a fifth review of Cyprus’s economy today, saying the island was making “relatively good progress” after a bailout last(...)

In 2012 the department told the High Court the agreement was neither aid nor a contract, and is not profitable for Bus Éireann, which only recovers its costs for the service

The Government gave incorrect information to the European Commission about its €160 million-a-year agreement with Bus Éireann to operate the school tr(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said she wants to see rapid progress at the EU meeting today. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks and their ability to finance Moscow’s faltering economy in its most serious sanctions so far(...)

A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Google risks a fresh round of criticism after its attempts to apply a court ruling giving citizens the right to be forgotten backfired, the State’s da(...)

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso: on a trip to Israel last month he said the EU could offer a “special privileged partnership” to both Israel and a future Palestinian state. Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty Images.

Foreign policy moved to the top of the EU agenda this week following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.But while Tuesday’s meeting of forei(...)

File photo  of a Ryanair plane landing. Photograph: PA

Ryanair is awaiting the outcome of 14 other European Commission investigations into claims it is receiving illegal state aid from some of its airport(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin: “This is just another opportunity wasted and another disappointment for those who want change.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Significant changes in the way the Seanad operates will be implemented by October, according to the leader of the House, Senator Maurice Cummins. (...)

The European Commission has ordered Ryanair to repay nealry €10 million in illegal state aid it received from France for operating at three small regi(...)

Former minister for European affairs Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The shortcomings of the European Union do not warrant the “visceral criticism” heard about it so often, former minister for European affairs Lucinda C(...)

Froam left: Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic, Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini and EU high representative for foreign affairs Catherine Ashton prior to the start of a foreign affairs council meeting at the EU council headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

EU foreign ministers threatened Russia with deeper economic sanctions yesterday, ordering the European Commission to draw up proposals on specific (...)