Jyrki Katainen: favours a more market-focused emphasis.  Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty

He has held the office of finance minister, party leader and prime minister, and all before the age of 40, but Jyrki Katainen faced one of his toughes(...)

 France’s Front National  founder and honorary president Jean-Marie Le Pen gesturing on stage as the party’s  president Marine Le Pen looks on during the party’s annual rally in honour of Joan of Arc on May 1st. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

France’s far-right National Front founder Jean-Marie Le Pen, whose party membership has been suspended by his own daughter, said on Monday he plans to(...)

 Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias: “In these elections there aren’t many options, there are basically two: to leave things as they are or to change. We believe things can change.” Photograph: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

With Spain holding local elections in less than three weeks, political party Podemos has unveiled a policy manifesto which sees it reach out to cent(...)

As many as 2,500 lives could be saved by having mandatory auto-dial systems

All new cars, from March 31st 2018, will have to be fitted with an e-call system which rings the emergency services if you have a crash and ar(...)

The European Commission’s investigation into Apple’s tax arrangements in Ireland has been delayed.European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager(...)

The low representation at plenary sessions in the second half of last year reflects the low attendance of two of Ireland’s 11 MEPs, Brian Crowley and Luke Ming Flanagan in the first six months of the Parliament. Photograph: EPA

The attendance rate of Irish MEPs at the European Parliament’s plenary sessions dropped to 76 per cent in the second half of last year, one of the (...)

A group of families whose loved ones have died in violent or unsolved circumstances has travelled to Brussels to raise their cases with MEPs after lo(...)

Former president of the European Central Bank   Jean-Claude Trichet is answering questions from the Banking Inquiry   at the RHK in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 4:34

Former president of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet has rejected a claim that the ECB blackmailed Ireland into entering the Troika bailo(...)

Former president of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet  delivering a speech to an invited audience on  Governance of the Eurozone: Past, Present and Future at an  event in Dublin organised by the Institute for International and European Affairs on April 30th, 2015.   Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times 4:34

The consequences of bailing in senior bondholders in Irish banks at the time of the financial crash in late 2008 could have “far outweighed the gains”(...)

A life jacket on a Member of the European Parliament’s desk  next to a leaflet with the slogan “I am a migrant” after a voting session including a vote on a report concerning the latest tragedies in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Reuters

The European Parliament has called on the European Union to introduce a binding quota system to distribute asylum seekers across member states, in res(...)