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(...)

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry: hinted Labour could back remaining in a European customs union after Brexit. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies has hinted that Labour is set to call for Britain to remain in the customs union after it leaves the European Un(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron said contradictions within the European People’s Party and the Party of European Socialists in the European Parliament are blocking progress. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AP

President Emmanuel Macron has called for a “recomposition” of political groupings within the European Parliament and indicated that he is likely to fo(...)

Spain’s Economy Minister Luis de Guindos addresses a recent news conference. He is opposing Ireland’s Philip Lane for the job of ECB vice-presdient

The nomination of Governor Philip Lane to contest the post as vice-president of the European Central Bank was a welcome one. Perhaps informed by the B(...)

Central Bank  governor Philip Lane, pictured on his first day in office in November 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Trinity College Dublin economics professor John O’Hagan didn’t think much of it when he hadn’t heard in weeks from the third-year student he’d hired i(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker  and EU commissioner Gunther Oettinger during  a joint press conference  in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

The EU faces hard budget choices in responding to Brexit and the ambition of embracing new spending priorities such as dealing with immigration, commo(...)

Spanish minister of economic affairs  Luis de Guindos  Photograph: Getty Images

The European Central Bank’s second-highest post is Spain’s to lose, a survey of euro-area governments indicates. Portugal, Malta, Slovakia and Latvia(...)

Benjamin Grieveaux served as spokesman for Macron’s presidential campaign, then gave up a seat in the National Assembly to hold a portfolio in the finance ministry before becoming government spokesman last November. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Benjamin Griveaux is French government spokesman, with the rank of cabinet member. He is one of a handful of young men who rallied around Emmanuel Mac(...)

  Mary Lou McDonald:   won a Dáil seat in 2011,  comfortably retaining it in 2016. Photograph: Reuters/ Clodagh Kilcoyne

Mary Lou McDonald first came to public and media notice in the early 2000s as part of Gerry Adams’ doughnut – the group of party honchos who would sur(...)

MEPs vote on the future composition of the European Parliament after Brexit in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

With European Parliament elections just over a year away, MEPs have been in pre-election mode this week in Strasbourg preparing the ground for a UK-le(...)

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