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European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (left) kisses president of Kosovo Hashim Thaci during a tour of Balkan states last week. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

Enlargement of its membership has been the European Union’s most important geopolitical tool to deal with continental instability for four decades. It(...)

Latvia’s prime minister Maris Kucinskis: the Baltic state sought to restore confidence in its scandal-hit banking sector.  Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Latvian officials are due to hold an emergency meeting on Monday after the European Central Bank wound up the country’s third-largest lender, ABLV, wh(...)

Bank of Latvia governor Ilmars Rimsevics says he has  become the target of  Latvian commercial banks to destroy Latvia’s reputation. Photograph: EPA/Valda Kalnina

The head of Latvia’s central bank has denied bribery allegations and claimed he is the victim of a smear campaign by commercial banks in the Baltic st(...)

Bank of Latvia governor Ilmars Rimsevics: his lawyer has called his detention illegal. Photograph: Valda Kalnina/PA

Latvia’s financial reputation suffered a double blow on Monday, as its central bank chief was accused of bribery and its third-largest lender halted (...)

Plugged in: the Scandinavian/Baltic countries continue to lead the way in terms of the take-up of fibre broadband in Europe

Despite criticism of the Government’s broadband strategy, Ireland has joined a select group of European countries that have a minimum 1 per cent of ho(...)

Central Bank governor Philip Lane said there were “very clear areas for improvement such as leadership and clarity on strategy and direction”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Central Bank governor Philip Lane, who is in the middle of a two-horse race for a key European Central Bank (ECB) position, has acknowledged to his 1(...)

  Latvia Ilmars Rimsevics. Latvia’s finance minister said Mr Rimsevics should step aside for the time being to protect the Baltic country’s reputation. Photograph: Roman Koksarov/AP

Latvia’s anti-corruption agency has detained central bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics, prompting calls for him to step aside while he is under investiga(...)

Spain’s economy minister, Luis de Guindos: The Italian newspaper Corriera della Sera reported on Sunday that Rome will oppose his nomination for the next vice-president of the ECB

The Italians look set to oppose the nomination of Spain’s economy minister Luis de Guindos as the next vice-president of the ECB. He is up against Cen(...)

Mark O’Halloran and Pat Shortt. Photographs: Alan Betson and Brian McEvoy

When did you last cry? Mark: I’m a great person for crying at films, I have to say. Pat: Yeah Mark: I love when that happens because it means you’r(...)

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir: hoping for a warm reception in Dublin

As the whole world must have heard by now, we Irish are officially the most oppressed people ever, a fact recognised by even northern unionists, via t(...)

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