Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

A defiant Hungarian prime minister arrived in Brussels yesterday for meetings with the EU’s three top officials. Subject: the migration crisis that ha(...)

French EPP President Joseph Daul aat a European People’s Party meeting. He said: “no other country” has advanced without implementing structural reforms, as he criticised Syriza’s “political gambling.” Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The Greek crisis has accentuated policy differences between the political groups in the European Parliament, as the main political groupings try to fo(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel: after five years of warning that “if the euro fails, Europe fails”, she knows that if Greece hits the wall, her European legacy will be part of the collateral damage. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg 0:56

Caught off-guard by news of the Greek referendum, Germany’s risk-averse chancellor Angela Merkel adopted an unusually high-risk strategy last week and(...)

A pro European Union demonstration in Thessaloniki, Greece, Photographer: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg

Euro zone finance ministers gather on Wednesday evening in Brussels for what is undoubtedly the final push to secure an agreement on the stalled Greek(...)

Luke “Ming” Flanagan said while it was obvious Russian president Vladimir Putin was “not a very nice individual” the EU had “given up the right to lecture anybody on sovereignty”. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Sinn Féin MEPs have abstained on a European Parliament resolution condemning human rights abuses in Russia. Independent MEP Luke “Ming” Flanagan vote(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (right) speaks to Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, on May 22nd. Mr Juncker smilingly greeted Mr Orban with the words: “Hello dictator”. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

It was a quick one-liner, delivered tongue-in-cheek but loud enough for the assembled media to hear. As Jean-Claude Juncker greeted leaders at the Eas(...)

Seán Kelly, the only Irish MEP on the international trade committee, said he believed that the deal could open-up huge opportunities for Irish small and medium enterprises.

The scale of the EU’s divisions on the controversial EU-US trade deal was laid bare this evening after the European Parliament postponed a key vote on(...)

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(...)