European Ombudsman Emily OReilly is critical of the manner in which Martin Selmayr has been appointed. Photograph: Getty Images

The controversial appointment in February of European Commission secretary general Martin Selmayr involved breaches by the commission of rules that co(...)

The EU’s new top civil servant Martin Selmayr arrives for a meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The appointment last week of the EU’s new top civil servant by means that could best be described as sleight of hand has provoked uproar in the usuall(...)

Martin Selmayr: the European Commission’s new secretary general claimed recently to have 5m of books on Ireland on his shelves.  Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

In a major reshuffle of the top ranks of the EU civil service, the European Commission has appointed Jean-Claude Juncker’s right-hand man as the organ(...)

EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

Brussels is starting systematically to shut out British groups from multibillion-euro contracts and urging companies to decamp to one of the 27 remain(...)

Catherine Day: former secretary general of the European Commission is succeeded by Alexander Italianer. Photograph: Alan Betson

The incoming secretary general of the European Commission assumed his new role on Tuesday, marking the end of the 10-year tenure of Irish official C(...)

Irish EU official Catherine Day is to step down as Secretary General of the European Commission at the end of August following almost 10 years in the role.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Irish EU official Catherine Day is to step down as secretary general of the European Commission at the end of August following almost 10 years in the (...)