“Bild’s” tribute to German chancellor Angela Merkel on her 60th birthday. The tabloid newspaper printed 60 portraits of Ms Merkel submitted by readers. 0:31

In paintings, letters, songs and videos, Empress Angela’s subjects paid homage to their great leader yesterday on the occasion of her 60th birthday. B(...)

Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat listens to Britain’s prime minister David Cameron as Taoiseach Enda Kenny walks past during the European Union summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A special European summit to make top EU appointments ended in stalemate early this morning, potentially dealing a blow to Dublin’s campaign to secure(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with British prime minister David Cameron and  EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton at the  summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

EU leaders failed to agree on the appointment of two senior EU jobs yesterday evening, potentially deferring the final decision until the end of Augus(...)

Commissionerships are still a valued commodity, as the debate over the nomination of Phil Hogan  confirms, not least due to the  salary and benefits. With commissioners commanding a monthly salary of €20,800 – rising to €23,100 for vice-presidents – plus pension, residence allowances and transitional payments.

Following the fractious battle over the nomination of José Manuel Barroso’s successor as European Commission president, EU leaders met in Brussels yes(...)

Tourists look at a wax figure of German chancellor Angela Merkel in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin yesterday.  Madame Tussauds wax museum put the figure on public display to mark Ms Merkel’s 60th birthday on Thursday. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA 0:31

A decade ago, when Angela Merkel turned 50, the birthday girl’s party guests were treated to a surprise. Not a singer or, heaven forbid, a stripper, b(...)

A local woman greets Ukrainian soldiers in central Slaviansk yesterday. The city, which the government wrested control from pro-Russian separatists 10 days ago, suffers from a lack of electricity and water. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has urged the European Union to take tough action against Russia over the separatist conflict in Ukraine’s easter(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker after his election as president of the European Commission. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

EU leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny travel to Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the delegation of senior European Union positions, amid expect(...)

Lucinda Creighton: As she sees it, the job of European commissioner should not be “a matter of patronage or rewarding those leaving the Oireachtas or Cabinet”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lucinda is annoying Enda again. Not that the Independent TD for Dublin South East is bothered. She vowed in the Dáil on Thursday to keep up the pre(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Mr Kenny will today address a meeting of the economic council of Dr Merkel’s CDU party.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny visits Berlin today he will be reminded how, in fashion as in politics, déjà vu keeps coming round again. First, he open(...)

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes celebrates his election to the European Parliament in May with party colleagues and supporters at the RDS. He has said Ireland can still get a write-down on its debt at European level. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Newly-elected Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has insisted the Government can still secure a deal on Ireland’s debt at European level.Mr Hayes, who will be (...)