Former  British PM David Cameron (left) and German chancellor Angela Merkel (right)  were working together to block Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz by approaching Enda Kenny (centre). Photographs: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty,  Eric Luke/The Irish Times, Hayoung Jeon/EPA

David Cameron and Angela Merkel sounded out Enda Kenny for the European Commission president in 2014, the former prime minister says in a memoir to be(...)

Denmark’s prime minister Mette Frederiksen (left) and US president Donald Trump. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz and Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Donald Trump described the Danish prime minister as “nasty” after she dismissed his notion of the US buying Greenland as an “absurd” idea, which promp(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

Manfred Weber, lead candidate of the European People’s Party in European parliamentary elections. Under the spitzenkandidat system, the candidate from the party with the largest vote is nominated as MEPs’ choice for commission president. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/Getty Images

When EU leaders gather on Tuesday for a dinner and an election postmortem, the plat du jour will be how to fill the job of successor to Jean-Claude Ju(...)

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: The carve-up of key European jobs has begun as incumbent terms run out. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

It’s a bit like a big children’s game of political musical chairs, played over a year in multiple dimensions, according to unstated but almost self-co(...)

European Union competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager: “We look at state aid from any possible angle to see if tools are being used that shouldn’t be use to give a selective advantage.” Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

There are not many European Union commissioners who can boast of high popularity ratings. But in the two years since her appointment as Europe’s compe(...)

 Étáin Sweeney Keogh (18)  from Fivemilebourne, Leitrim, who  “took over” the lord mayor of Dublin’s office for Plan International Ireland as part of  the  UN International Day of the Girl. Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Sweden is the best country in the world to be a girl, according to an index of 144 countries by Save the Children, the international advocacy group. (...)

A migrant, surrounded by  Croatian police,  near the Opatovac transit centre for migrants and refugees,  September 22nd, 2015. Photograph: Federico Scoppa/AFP/Getty Images

Militant Islamist groups are not thought to be using the refugee influx into Europe to smuggle in militants who could carry out attacks, according to (...)

Kristian Thulesen Dahl: his right-wing populist Danish People’s Party  emerged as the big election winner. Photograph: Linda Kastrup/EPA

Fans of television political drama Borgen are no strangers to the intricacies of Danish coalition-building, but voters handed Denmark’s real-life lead(...)

There’s no such thing in Europe these days as a purely domestic general election. And yesterday’s victory by the right in Denmark, true to such recent(...)

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