German chancellor Angela Merkel: when her own phones were tapped, she said, “Spying on friends is just not on.” Photograph: Roni Rekomaa/AFP/Getty Images

When confronted with Edward Snowden’s allegations of US National Security Agency mass surveillance of European citizens, EU institutions, and even on(...)

Though his presidential ambitions are well known, French prime minister Manuel Valls has been faultlessly loyal to President François Hollande. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

French prime minister Manuel Valls arrives in Dublin today for a two-day visit. Taoiseach Enda Kenny may be pleasantly surprised by the French lead(...)

Belmond Grand Hibernian: the firm has refitted 11 Irish Rail carriages for luxury at a cost of $10 million.

Imagine the Orient Express, luxury dining cars in tow, steaming through Limerick junction – and not an Irish Rail ham sandwich in sight.It’s set to (...)

Flights between Ireland and Europe continue to be disrupted on Thursday as hundreds of planes across the continent remain grounded due to an air traffic controllers’ strike. Photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times.

Flights between Ireland and Europe continue to be disrupted on Thursday as hundreds of planes across the continent remain grounded due to an air traff(...)

German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz (28). Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said Lubitz deliberately crashed the Germanwings aircraft into the Alps. 2:12

German police have begun searching the home of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who is believed to have ocked himself alone in the cockpit of a Germanwing(...)

The rector of the mosque of Bordeaux, Tareq Oubrou, looks on during a speech by the French interior minister in February. Getty Images

French authorities are counting on the country’s Muslim establishment to combat extremism in their community.In a speech to the National Assembly fol(...)

European Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis: confirmed Italy and Belgium would not be placed into ‘excessive deficit procedure’. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

France was given an extra two years to reach its budget deficit target by Brussels yesterday, as the European Commission published its assessments (...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls after delivering a speech before the vote of no confidence. The outcome shows that President François Hollande’s administration no longer commands a reliable majority. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

The French government has survived a vote of no confidence, but has been weakened by the necessity of using an obscure constitutional instrument to p(...)

French president Francois Hollande: he took drastic action by overriding parliament to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty

French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms, overriding parliam(...)

François Hollande. He telephoned Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to “renew the expression of his solidarity”

France’s defence minister signed a €5.2-billion arms deal with Egypt on Monday, hours after the Egyptian air force bombarded Islamic State targets in(...)