Finnish vice-president of the European Commission Olli Rehn is one of six commissioners standing down from their duties early to contest the European elections. Photograph: Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva/Reuters

MEPs gathered in Strasbourg this week for the final plenary session of the current term of the European Parliament before hurrying back to thei(...)

Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen: decision to step down to seek EU role took EU community by surprise. Photograph: Reuters/Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva

The race for the top jobs in the European Union intensified this week following the decision by Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen to step d(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. His country is under increased scrutiny after his  government introduced constitutional amendments limiting the powers of Hungary’s top court. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

The European Commission will today unveil new powers to intervene in countries where there is a threat to the rule of law, in a bid to take a t(...)

Shane O’Brien leaves  Dublin District Court today. Photograph: Collins Courts.

A political activist has told a court he will continue to protest “against the fascists” following his arrest at the European People’s Party co(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker, EPP candidate for president of EU Commission.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Jean-Claude Juncker has been selected as the European People’s Party (EPP) candidate for European Commission president. The Former Luxembourg prime(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker is the favourite to be put forward for European Commission president, mainly because he has received the support of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. Photograph: Getty

What is happening today? The European People’s Party (EPP), the umbrella-group for centre-right parties in the European Parliament, is meeting i(...)

British prime minister David Cameron. By declaring last year its intention to renegotiate its relationship with Brussels, Britain finds itself in a curious space both inside and on the periphery of EU policymaking. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

When some of Europe’s most powerful leaders gather in Dublin today to select their candidate to head the European Commission, one country will (...)

 Michel Barnier:  One of three candidates  seeking the nomination for the position of president of the European Commission. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)

Up to 2,000 delegates arrive in Dublin today for the start of the European People’s Party (EPP) conference, where the group will pick its prefe(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso. Photo: Alan Betson /The Irish Times

It’s just over two months since Jose Manuel Barroso stoked controversy when he said that the euro was a victim of the Irish banking crisis at (...)

EU  representative for foreign affairs Catherine Ashton. She clarified that the EU was demanding that Russia move its troops back to its military bases

European leaders, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, will convene in Brussels on Thursday fo(...)

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