Tánaiste Simon Coveney speaking during a business conference at Longchamp racecourse in Paris last week. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has played down suggestions in the British media the UK government is hoping to agree a last minute Brexit deal at a European C(...)

Newly elected European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: spoke of her desire to “move towards full co-decision power for the European Parliament and away from unanimity for climate, energy, social and taxation policies”. Photograph:  Frederick Florin

A clearly relieved Ursula von der Leyen was adamant after her election as European Commission president that, as the German expression has it, “a majo(...)

Farmers wellies in a pile at the gates of Leinster House during a demonstration   in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

The Government has been soundly defeated on a vote on the Mercosur trade deal in the Dáil. The vote, on a Sinn Féin motion, was defeated by 84 votes (...)

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed: “The EU-Mercosur trade deal is a very comprehensive trade agreement, but one particular aspect of it, this agreement to allow the Mercosur countries supply 99,000 tonnes of beef into the EU market, is a very significant negative for us.” File photograph: Getty

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has refused to rule out Ireland voting against the new EU-Mercosur trade deal at the EU Council of Ministers. (...)

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/File Photo/Reuters

Unless it mends its ways, Romania is set to become the third EU member state, alongside Hungary and Poland, to face disciplinary proceedings for breac(...)

 People push a car on a flooded road in Metuge, Cabo Delgado, northern Mozambique on Sunday after the area was hit by Cyclone Kenneth. Photograph: Antonio Silva/EPA

Torrential rain battered northern Mozambique on Tuesday, grounding aid flights and further swamping a region where a second cyclone in six weeks has k(...)

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans: EU must strengthen its “toolbox for tackling the erosion in member states of the rule of law”.  Photograph: Francois Lenoir

Stepping up its campaign against the erosion of the rule of law in member states, the European Commission has initiated new infringement proceedings a(...)

Viktor Orban has become a stalking horse for Europe’s Eurosceptic populist forces. Photograph: Tamas Kaszas/Reuters

Fine Gael is to join 12 other parties from the European centre right in demanding the expulsion of Hungary’s prime minister from their European People(...)

Eamon Gilmore’s appointment is expected to be formally approved by the Council of Ministers in the next few days. Photograph: Frank Miller

Former tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has been nominated as EU special representative for human rights. His appointment following his nomination by high repre(...)

The traditional printed press has had a fraught relationship with digital giants like Google and Facebook who have used their material without payment.

European newspaper publishers are lobbying EU member state governments to protect draft copyright legislation that will require digital companies to p(...)

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