Mairead McGuinness: nominated for the European Commission. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A hearing to decide whether to confirm Ireland’s commissioner-designate Mairead McGuinness as the new chief of financial services will take place on O(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen gives her state of the union speech in Brussels. Photograph:  John Thys/AFP via Getty

Wednesday was Ursula von der Leyen’s moment to set out her vision for the European Union and how it could emerge from the coronavirus pandemic fit for(...)

European Commission president Ursula Von Der Leyen delivers her first state of the union speech at a plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: EPA

Europe must use green investments to relaunch its economy in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic to reshape it for the future, EU Commission presiden(...)

Investment in the Irish economy last year totalled €162 billion, or €3 billion a week. No other country in the world had a bigger per capita investment. Photograph: iStock

Ireland can’t seem to lose on tax. Every few months a gun is pointed at our l2.5 per cent corporation tax rate or we’re blasted as a tax haven, a sop (...)

Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, in London last week.  Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Across the European Union, a grim acceptance is taking hold that London may not wish to reach a deal, and that the British government’s actions may ha(...)

Friends of the Irish Environment sought a preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the EU. Photograph: iStock

A High Court judge has refused to ask the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) to decide whether the European Commission’s inclusion of the proposed €500(...)

 Yoshihide Suga:  “Japan is facing a crisis unlike anything we have ever experienced,” he said after he announced his candidacy. Photograph:  Charly Triballeau/AFP via Getty Images

Yoshihide Suga (71), who is expected to become Japan’s leader next week, earned his political spurs as prime minister’s Shinzo Abe’s loyal enforcer du(...)

European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefèoviè (R) is greeted by Ambassador of the European Union to the UK Joâo Vale de Almeida (L) at London offices of the European Commission. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

The European Union has told the British government it may take legal action if it does not reverse plans to introduce a bill that would break internat(...)

 EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier and  entourage: There is dismay that London has dragged the intractable Northern Irish issue back into the talks. Photograph: Neil Hall

It was widely expected in Brussels that Britain would up the ante ahead of this week’s round of talks with the European Union. Declarations about sove(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said: ‘This would break international law and undermines trust. Pacta sunt servanda = the foundation of prosperous future relations.’  Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/EPA

The European Union has requested an extraordinary meeting with British counterparts to discuss the implementation of the agreement to avoid a border o(...)

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