Petro Poroshenko (right) welcomes  European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to Kiev on Monday. Juncker said the country’s 45 million people were ‘part of our European family’, but painful reforms were necessary before it could join the union. Photograph:  Genya Savilovgenya/AFP/Getty Images

European Union officials have given Ukraine a pep talk on the urgent need for sweeping reforms and anti-corruption measures, as the country’s presiden(...)

Former Polish foreign minister Wladyslaw Bartoszewski who died over the weekend. Photograph:  AFP PHOTO/DPA/ STEPHANIE PILICK

Polish politician, writer and activist Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, who was persecuted both by the Nazis and Polish communists before serving two terms as(...)

MEP Brian Hayes said the European Commission should not use its new Digital Single Market strategy, due to be announced on May 6th, for political ends. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The European Union should not use its Digital Single Market proposal to target large US tech firms for “political means”, Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes sa(...)

Luxembourg prime minister Xavier Bettel with British counterpart David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel during the  EU leaders summit in response to the migrant crisis. Photograph: Reuters

As the world watched footage of desperate migrants scrambling to reach European shores this week, the need for a global and European response to the t(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  arrives at the European Council headquarters for an extraordinary summit of EU leaders to deal on the migration crisis in the Mediterranean. Mr Kenny says the State will contribute a ship to rescue efforts in the region. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

The Republic is to contribute a fully crewed and equipped ship to search and rescue efforts in the Mediterranean, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speak(...)

EU leaders at an emergency summit on the migration crisis on the Mediterranean.   Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images 1:00

European Union leaders have committed extra ships, planes and helicopters to save lives in the Mediterranean at an emergency summit convened after hun(...)

Video grab showing  migrants on a boat during a Triton rescue operation. The head of EU border agency Frontex has said that  the border patrol mission cannot become a search and rescue operation. Photograph: Guardia Costiera/AFP/Getty Images

The head of the EU border agency has said that saving migrants’ lives in the Mediterranean should not be the priority for the maritime patrols he is i(...)

A man carries a migrant woman as local residents and rescue workers help migrants after their boat sank off the island of Rhodes on Monday. Photograph: Argiris Mantikos/AFP/Getty

The decision by the head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, to call an emergency summit on Thursday evening is an indication of the magnitude of th(...)

Ireland was ranked behind the UK, Austria and Lithuania, among others, but scored above the average of 31 per cent. Hungary and Cyprus ranked lowest in the survey. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has been ranked sixth best out of 19 EU member states in a survey of measures in place to guard against “undue influence” in the political sys(...)

British prime minister David Cameron arriving for an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels. He has committed to holding a referendum on EU membership by 2017

British prime minister David Cameron kicked off the British general election campaign this week, describing it as “the most important general elect(...)