Independent MEP Nessa Childers says the  new Passenger Name Records  directive is “a bad deal for both the liberty and the security of European citizens”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A number of Irish MEPs are set to vote against new EU legislation that will require airlines to share passenger data with national authorities, despit(...)

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.  While technically the union can trundle on and is not obliged to respond to the vagaries of general elections, the anti-establishment vote is, in part, an expression of frustration at EU as well as national elites.   AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

In October last year, Enda Kenny took to the stage at the European People’s Party congress in Madrid and told the tale of Ireland’s return to economi(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk. He told the European Parliament on Wednesday that a deal struck by EU leaders last week was “irreversible”. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The new settlement deal for Britain agreed ahead of a June referendum on Britain’s EU membership is “legally binding and irreversible” and “cannot be (...)

EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos: while recognising “poor progress” has been made by “frontline” member states, he said this was “not about the end of Schengen”. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The European Parliament urged EU member states to strengthen the Schengen free-travel system on Tuesday, as the European Commission increased pressure(...)

 A child touches the beard of a volunteer dressed as Santa Claus at a migrant shelter  in Berlin:  Germany has backed the proposal for a new European coast guard. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

The European Commission will unveil plans for a common EU border force today, as part of a wide-ranging package designed to tackle the ongoing migrat(...)

President Michael D Higgins is welcomed by Portuguese prime minister Antonio Costa before a meeting at the ministry of foreign affairs in Lisbon: the President’s State visit comes at an interesting time politically. Photograph: Inacio Rosa/EPA

Positioned majestically on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of Europe’s oldest and most westerly cities. The temperate climate and soft (...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald travels to Brussels today for a special meeting of EU justice and home affairs ministers. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald travels to Brussels today for a special meeting of EU justice and home affairs ministers in what is expected t(...)

Slovenian prime minister Miro Cerar: “If these countries tighten the access for migrants, we will be forced to do likewise.” Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders of Balkan nations and a cluster of EU states at the frontline of the refugee crisis gather for an emergency meeting in Brussels on Sunday, (...)

  Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “If ATM machines actually ran out of money, there was quite clearly security considerations and there were discussions about what might be done.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Senior Coalition ministers discussed increasing security at banks and ATMs when the euro crisis was at its worst, Minister for Finance Michael Noona(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel waves after giving a speech during the European People’s Party congress in Madrid. Photograph: AP Photo/Francisco Seco

German chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday urged EU member states to share responsibility for the refugee crisis across the bloc, as Hungarian prime mi(...)