Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi calls for “a light easing of the euro zone’s restrictive economic policies”. Photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

The political battle over the leadership of the European Commission promises to dominate the two-day summit of European Union leaders, which begins to(...)

British prime minister David Cameron’s decision to ratchet up the disagreement surrounding the selection of  Jean-Claude Juncker is causing exasperation. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

European Union leaders will have to vote on their choice to become the next head of the European Commission, British prime minister David Cameron has(...)

Polish foreign minister Radislow Sikorski said British prime minister David Cameron would be able to negotiate major reforms to Britain’s EU membership terms even if he was defeated on the Juncker issue. Photograph: Reuters/Slawek Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy travels to London for talks with British prime minister David Cameron today amid increasing expectatio(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny:  ‘I’ve a job to do here and I’m happy and privileged to do that job as Taoiseach.’  Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has dismissed speculation he may be appointed the new president of the European Commission ahead of former Luxembourg prime minis(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (left), Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (second right) and British prime minister David Cameron (right) listen as German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a news conference at Mr Reinfeldt’s summer residence in Harpsund, south of Stockholm, today. Ms Merkel has reaffirmed her support for Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next president of the European Commission after meeting EU leaders critical of the Luxembourger. Photograph: Maja Suslin/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirmed her support today for Jean-Claude Juncker becoming the next president of the European Commission after meet(...)

From left: US president Barack Obama, European Council president Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission president José Manuel Barroso, French president François Hollande, Canada’s prime minister Stephen Harper, Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe, Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi, Britain’s prime minister David Cameron and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel at the meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Ukraine topped the agenda of the G7 summit last night, as leaders of the world’s most powerful countries – minus Russia – gathered in Brussels. The su(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel during a press conference at the end of the informal dinner of heads of states and government of the EU at the European Council headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand

European Union leaders, stunned by a big Eurosceptic protest vote in European Parliament elections, agreed on Tuesday to seek a package deal of appoin(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: he is still being mentioned as a possible contender for the post of European Council president

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and outgoing Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore fly to Brussels today to meet European counterparts as EU leaders gather for the first time t(...)

Luxembourgian Jean-Claude Juncker (right), top candidate of European People’s Party, poses with life-size cutout figure of himself, as he’s welcomed by Youth of the European People’s Party in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

EU leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny will travel to Brussels next Tuesday to discuss the appointment of the next European Commission president, w(...)

A local woman watches armed pro-Russia militia  march towards a polling station during the referendum in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slaviansk. Photograph: Reuters/Yannis Behrakis

Ukraine has condemned a rebel referendum in eastern regions that its pro-Russian organisers claim gives them the right to split from the country.Accor(...)

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