Mairead McGuinness: The Irish MEP lost her bid to become a candidate for president of the  European Parliament, with 57 votes to winner Antonio Tajani’s 94. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The nomination of an Italian MEP as the European People’s Party (EPP) candidate for president of the European Parliament has dashed Irish hopes of hav(...)

IItalian Socialist MEP Gianni Pittella and European Commission presidentJean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The head of the Socialist group in the European Parliament, Gianni Pittella, formally entered the race to become the next European Parliament presiden(...)

Mairéad McGuinness: committed to an “EU27 approach” to the forthcoming Brexit negotiations. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The announcement by European Parliament president Martin Schulz that he will not run for a third term has given a huge boost to Mairéad McGuinness’s (...)

 Mairead McGuinness MEP: respected by both sides in the European Parliament. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

MEPs gathered in Strasbourg this week for their regular plenary session at the European Parliament. While events were not as dramatic as last time, wh(...)

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness is one of 12 vice-presidents of the European Union. Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The European Commission held its final meeting of commissioners before the summer break yesterday, as the EU prepared for its annual August wind-down.(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. He will be questioned at a hearing in Brussels. Photograph: AP Photo/Christian Lutz

Lobbyists representing internet company Facebook could be banned from entering the European Parliament following a request by the parliament’s special(...)

European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici defended EU proposals made to Greece to resolve its debt crisis and said it was now up to Athens to propose alternative budget remedies if it preferred

EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has expressed confidence that Ireland will engage constructively with a proposal to introduce a mandatory common t(...)

Alain Lamassoure, the chairman of the European Parliament’s special committee on tax rulings: the committee plans to have its suggestions ready for throwing into the ring around October. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

A “very interesting political situation” can be expected in the autumn when a number of different strands of the ongoing European, and global, debate (...)

Alain Lamassoure, chairman of the EU committee on taxation: ‘candid and frank’ exchange of views with Michael Noonan. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Tax credits for spending on research and development, and Ireland’s 12.5 per cent corporation tax rate, were among the “red line issues” for Irelan(...)

If Marine Le Pen leads her National Front party to victory, she improves her chances of making it to the 2017 presidential run-off. Photograph: Reuters

France will elect 74 MEPs on Sunday week. The government has not organised a civic information campaign, as it usually does for elections. Nearly two-(...)

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