Jean-Claude Juncker: discussion of his much-feted €300bn investment plan likely to be deferred until December summit. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

EU leaders, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, gather in Brussels today for a two-day summit. A discussion on the EU’s climate and energy framework for 2(...)

European Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker: he is eager to play down his federalist reputation, saying he is “allergic to this term ‘the United States of Europe’”. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The outcome was inevitable. Jean-Claude Juncker was chosen by the European Council yesterday as the man to lead the European Commission over th(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “The option of not having a programme is still a strong option.”

Ireland may choose to exit its bailout programme without the support of a precautionary credit line, the Minister for Finance said yesterday following(...)

Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem has said Portugal should stick to the deficit reduction targets set out in its assistance programme. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times.

Portugal should stick to the budget deficit reduction targets agreed with international lenders, the head of the eurozone finance ministers group Jero(...)