German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble insisted  legislating for direct ESM recapitalisations  would did not open the floodgates and allow problem banks empty the rescue fund. Photograph: Eric Luke

Germany has backed the principle of retroactive direct bank recapitalisation for euro zone banks, after the cabinet in Berlin gave the go-ahead yes(...)

Áth Cliath or Gach Áit Eile? Do our views on what is right and natural change from the perspective of where we live? Photograph: Eric Luke

An entertaining sideshow of the elections was the stunned reaction of some Dublin media to the patchiness of rural broadband. Nearing midnight at a Co(...)

Nessa Childers, whose resignation from Labour left her position in the S&D group untenable last year, has rejoined the fold. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

As they took their seats in the European Parliament this week, the 751 MEPs elected in the 2014 elections had reasons to feel optimistic. After five y(...)

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(...)

The European Parliament meets in Strasbourg yesterday. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Ireland will have two MEPs on the influential economics committee in the new European Parliament, with the appointment of former junior finance minis(...)

European Parliament President Martin Schulz reacts after his re-election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday. Reuters/Jean-Marc Loos

It was a case of first day of school for Ireland’s newly elected MEPs yesterday as the first session of the eighth European Parliament got under way (...)

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 (...)

Britain’s place in Europe
  • UK
  • June 30, 2014, 01:00

If, as David Cameron says, the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as President of the European Commission has made it harder to keep the United Kingdom(...)

European Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker: he is eager to play down his federalist reputation, saying he is “allergic to this term ‘the United States of Europe’”. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The outcome was inevitable. Jean-Claude Juncker was chosen by the European Council yesterday as the man to lead the European Commission over th(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron holds a news conference during European Union leaders summit in Brussels today after Jean-Claude Juncker was nominated for European Commission president  by an overwhelming majority. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters.

Jean-Claude Juncker is to become the next president of the European Commission, after the European Council backed his nomination this afternoon in Bru(...)