Guy Verhofstadt, Martin Schulz, Ska Keller  and Jean-Claude Juncker before the first European Commission presidential debate in Maastricht on Monday. The candidates are to debate again on May 9th. Photograph: Marcel Van Hoorn/EPA

As European Parliament president Martin Schulz left Dublin’s Connolly station yesterday morning on the train to Belfast, the German socialist may h(...)

Martin Schulz of Germany is the chosen candidate of the Socialist and Democratic  group, the umbrella group for centre-left political parties in the European Parliament. Photograph: Reuters

European Commission presidential hopeful Martin Schulz will take his campaign to Ireland when addresses a ral(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker is the favourite to be put forward for European Commission president, mainly because he has received the support of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. Photograph: Getty

What is happening today? The European People’s Party (EPP), the umbrella-group for centre-right parties in the European Parliament, is meeting i(...)

At its congress in the National Convention Centre in Dublin, starting today, the European People’s Party (EPP) will designate its candidate for(...)

Michael McDowell:  Ireland was about to enter into a three-month period of “inane debate” leading to “largely worthless” European Parliament elections: Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Former tánaiste Michael McDowell has warned that “elitist eurofederalists” are “firing up the boilers” for one more step towar(...)

Finland’s prime minister Jyrki Katainen (left)  and his Polish counterpart  Donald Tusk, both  possible candidates to be next president of the European Commission. Photograph: Mauri Ratilainen/EPA

With the European Commission and parliament entering the final stretch before elections in May, staff of all ranks are nervously looking ahead and pos(...)

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