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(...)

European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen said it was vital that Ireland continued to reform the country and reduce public debt, particularly when the economic climate was benign

European Commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen has warned the Government it must continue with structural reforms and fiscal consolidation despite (...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras listens in parliament to a speech  by his predecessor, Antonis Samaras, who was in Brussels this week, where he discussed the continuing Greek crisis with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

As negotiations continued this week in Brussels between Greek officials and international creditors, another figure from the Greek political scene was(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for a meeting of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA

Ireland remains opposed to the idea of a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) though it is prepared to engage constructively with the Europe(...)

Frances Fitzgerald: says  Ireland views the passenger name records (PNR) proposal as a “priority” for the EU

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has written to Ireland’s 11 MEPs urging them to back contentious legislation that aims to facilitate the pool(...)

Officials stressed that today’s meetings are an opportunity for Enda Kenny  to set out Ireland’s priorities to the figures who will lead the EU until 2019

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives in Brussels today for talks with the head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, and his counterpart at the Eur(...)

Green party leader Eamon Ryan has criticised Fine Gael’s four MEPs for not voting in favour of a European Parliament committee of inquiry into the Lux(...)

Israeli soldiers prepare to remove an armed Jewish settler as he tries to stop Palestinian farmers (unseen) from ploughing their fields near the West Bank village of Jaloud, near Nablus. Photograph: EPA/Alaa Badarneh

The European Parliament voted to recognise the statehood of Palestine “in principle” yesterday, despite the reservations of a large bloc of European (...)

MEPs from the European United Left group protest in the European Parliament over tax avoidance.

The European Commission has pledged to intensify its fight against tax avoidance and increase tax harmonisation at an EU level, as it responded this m(...)