A draft of the proposal seen by the Irish Times shows that a key plank of the Commission’s capital markets union is the creation of a single securitisation market

SMEs and the Irish financial services industry are expected to benefit from a new EU proposal designed to wean businesses off traditional bank financi(...)

Dara Murphy: “I do regret if people feel that I did something inappropriate.” Photograph: The Irish Times / Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has described the controversy around Minister of State for European Affairs Dara Murphy accepting a lif(...)

Estonian security officer Eston Kohver attends a news conference in the premises of the security police (KAPO) in Tartu, Estonia on Saturday.  Photograph: Reuters

Russia and Estonia on Saturday exchanged two prisoners who had been convicted of espionage, carrying out the swap on a bridge at a border post between(...)

A  child sits in front of other migrants waiting for the lunch offered to them for the celebration of Eid-al-Adha in the village of Miratovac, south Serbia. Photograph: Hazir Reka/Reuters

“It is clear that the greatest tide of refugees and migrants is yet to come. Therefore we need to correct the policy of open doors and windows.” So sa(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel believes Syrian president Bassar al-Assad should be included in the peace efforts. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

A durable solution is still required for the refugee crisis, German chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday, despite EU leaders agreeing to a package(...)

Hungarian soldiers carry razor wire as they work on a fence being built along the border with Croatia near the village of Sarok, Hungary, Monday, on Monday. Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban said that millions of migrants are “laying siege” to the borders of his country and of Europe, putting the continent in danger. Photograph: AP

Hungary’s parliament authorised the government on Monday to deploy the army to help handle a migrant crisis, granting the military the right to deploy(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel: “To make out as if we alone can solve all the social problems of the world would not be realistic.” Photograph: Jan Woitas/EPA

Divided European leaders will seek to find a response to the continent’s worst migration crisis since the second World War at an emergency summit next(...)

Refugees trying to board a train at the border between Serbia and Croatia near the city of Tovarnik, Croatia, on  September 17th. Photograph: EPA/GREGOR FISCHER

Earlier this week the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees addressed the European Parliament in Brussels. Criticising the EU’s lack of unity on the ref(...)

Migrants board through a window a train heading to Zagreb at a railway station, near the official border crossing between Croatia and Serbia. Photograph: Stringers/AFP/Getty Images

Some 855 first-time asylum seekers applied for protection in Ireland between April and June 2015, bringing to 1,480 the total number of people to seek(...)

 Hungarian soldiers set up razor wire along Hungary’s southern border with Croatia, September 18th, 2015. Photograph: Peter Lendvai/EPA 1:16

Migrant numbers in Europe will continue to build in coming days and their flows may fragment further into new routes, the UN refugee agency said on Fr(...)