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Handout photo issued by the BBC of Andrew Marr (left) and President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso appearing on BBC1’s current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show today. Photograph: PA/BBC

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso said states breaking away from existing EU countries would struggle to gain EU membership, furthe(...)

 German president Joachim Gauck speaking  at the 50th Munich Security Conference in  Munich yesterday.  Photograph:  Joerg Koch/Getty Images

German president Joachim Gauck has urged his fellow citizens to show greater confidence in themselves and demonstrate greater willingness to engage in(...)

The Irish contingents will be required to be in a constant state of readiness for immediate deployment for a six-month period each year in the event of an EU military intervention in a global emergency. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government has given the go-ahead for the Defence Forces to prepare two contingents for participation in EU battlegroups next year and in 2016. Th(...)

British prime minister David Cameron  and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte  during the first day of a European Council summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Thierry Roge/EPA

European leaders pledged to deepen defence co-operation and improve the capacity of member states to conduct peace-keeping missions, at a summit last (...)

Palestinian riot police officers scuffle with protesters during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty

  The blocks are hurled at the police, bounce off their shields and fall to the ground. The young Palestinian men keep advancing towards t(...)

Activists hold European Union and Ukrainian flags during a meeting to support EU integration at European Square in Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP

Amid the dense, 177-page coalition agreement hammered out by Germany’s two largest parties in the early hours of yesterday morning, one detail in part(...)

Ireland had higher net outward migration in 2012 than Greece, Spain, Portugal and Iceland.

Ireland has gone from having the highest net immigration levels in Europe to the highest net emigration levels in just six years. The country has over(...)

People wave Serbian flags during a rally in the ethnically-divided town of Mitrovica on Friday November 15th 2013. Photograph: Bojan Slavkovic/Reuters

Nato soldiers and EU police secured polling stations in the flashpoint Kosovo town of Mitrovica today for a re-run election central to a Western-spons(...)

Comdt Lorraine Fahey is one of 18 women serving in Lebanon among the 339 Irish Defence Forces posted there. Photograph: Paul Nichols

Along one of the most heavily mined stretches of land in the world, and with most contentious national boundary on the globe less than 500 metres away(...)

Kosovo police secure the area in front of the Sveti Sava elementary school polling station in the northern part of the ethnically divided Kosovo town of Mitrovica today. Photograph: Reuters/Marko Djurica

Violence, voter intimidation and a widespread Serb boycott have marred local elections in Kosovo, which were closely watched by the European Union for(...)

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