Serbia’s prime minister Aleksandar Vucic (right) and Austria’s foreign minister Sebastian Kurz hug at an EU-Serbia association council meeting on Monday in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/ AFP/Getty Images

As the European Union wraps up its work for 2015 and leaders gather for the final summit of the year, focus continues to rest on two issues that promi(...)

Tánaiste Éamon Gilmore will today present EU ministers with the package on the EU’s seven-year budget. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Éamon Gilmore will today present EU ministers with the package on the EU’s seven-year budget, which was agreed by Mr Gilmore and MEP Alain La(...)

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore greets MEPs Reimer Boge and Jean-Luc Dehaene, members of the European Parliament negotiating team.

Ireland’s bid to secure European Parliamentary support for the European Union’s seven-year budget experienced a setback yesterday, as a number of MEP(...)

Tentative agreement was reached yesterday evening on the EU’s seven-year budget, with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and the European Parliament’s chief negot(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta listen to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels today. Photograph:  REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

EU leaders pledged to intensify co-ordination of tax disclosure today in a bid to tackle aggressive tax planning, as Ireland’s corporate tax r(...)

 Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: too early for any discussion of easing the tax burden for middle-income earners in the next budget. Photograph: Alan Betson

Two senior Labour Party Ministers have said it is premature to anticipate tax concessions for middle-income earners in October’s budget. (...)

 Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore: talk of concessions for middle income earners “speculative”

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has described any discussion of easing austeriety for middle income taxpayers as "purely speculative. " Speaking a(...)

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers a speech during a business conference in Budapest. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters

Germany is leading a chorus of international criticism of Hungary ’s decision to change its constitution and restrict the powe(...)