Investor protection is among the most contentious issues in the proposed EU-US trade pact because Europeans fear US multinationals would use the investor-to-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism to challenge food and environmental laws

European campaigners against an EU-US accord have held up progress towards the world’s biggest free trade deal by deluging an online public consultati(...)

The investment-fund package will need approval of EU nations and the European Parliament, although the EIB will be able to start some operations ahead of final approval

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said that Europe is ready to turn a corner, as he unveiled a €300 billion investment package for(...)

Pope Francis greets Helma Schmidt, (right) who was his host during his stay in Germany in 1985, and European Parliament president Martin Schulz at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/EPA

Twenty-six years after the visit of Pope John Paul II to the European Parliament in Strasbourg prompted one of Ian Paisley’s more memorable anti-Catho(...)

Abkhazia’s separatist president Raul Khadzhimba and Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin    during the   ceremony in which they signed a ‘strategic partnership’ pact in Sochi on Monday. The EU, US and Nato  joined Georgia in denouncing the pact. Photograph: Alexey Druginyn/EPA/RIA Novosti

The European Union, United States and Nato have joined Georgia in denouncing a “strategic partnership” pact between its breakaway Abkhazia region and (...)

Pope Francis arrives to address European Parliament  in Strasbourg. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Pope Francis has called on the European Parliament to “keep democracy alive” for the people of Europe, in an address to the European Parliament in Str(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron: expected to confirm shortly that the UK wants to restrict in-work benefits to migrants for several years. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Gordon Brown is usually described as the architect of Britain’s system of tax credits, which distributes welfare to millions of the lower paid. In (...)

A law passed last year by Spain’s government is wooing foreign entrepreneurs by  requiring them to have little more than a government-vetted business plan, health insurance and enough money to support themselves while living in Spain.

Last year, after more than a decade in Silicon Valley, Stacia Carr helped sell the company she was running and went looking for a change of pace. “The(...)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is due to announce the three-year initiative this week (Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg)

The European Union is understood to be planning a €21 billion fund to share the risks of new projects with private investors. The new entity is design(...)

Recognising Palestine

Sir, – I suggest that Ireland and the rest of the European Union follow Sweden’s example in recognising the state of Palestine while there is still a(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: due to announce the three-year initiative in coming days. Photograph:  Paul Matthews/G20 Australia via Getty Images

The European Union is planning a €21 billion fund to share the risks of new projects with private investors, according to EU sources.The new entity is(...)