Jean-Claude Juncker: former Luxembourg prime minister is favourite to be EPP candidate

European centre-right leaders will decide today in Dublin between Luxembourg’s former premier Jean-Claude Juncker and French EU commissioner Mi(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaking at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has denied any interest in the European Council presidency, saying he would not be tempted to accept the position should h(...)

The European Union agreed this evening to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine and warned it would ratchet up the p(...)

EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht speaks during a discussion on transatlantic trade and investment  in Washington. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Negotiators seeking to conclude a trade agreement between the US and Europe must “step up a gear,” the EU’s trade commissioner Karel de Gucht s(...)

Former Latvian prime minister Valdis Dombrovskis who is seen as a strong candidate and Europhile among EU leaders across the bloc, and is a popular figure in EU circles. Photograph: Valda Kalnina/EPA

Former Latvian PM Valdis Dombrovskis has announced that he is to seek the EPP’s nomination for European Commission candidate, becoming the firs(...)

Ukraine’s foreign minister Leonid Kozhara (L) and head of the Ukrainian UDAR (Punch) party Vitali Klitschko attend the annual Munich Security Conference today. Photograph: Reuters

The United States and Europe exchanged angry words with Russia today in a tug-of-war over Ukraine, with US, EU and Nato leaders saying Moscow must not(...)

President Vladimir Putin will visit Brussels on January 28th for his twice-yearly summit with the EU’s top officials, despite relations being under strain. Photograph: Mikhail Metzel/Reuters

The European Union has cancelled a traditional dinner with president Vladimir Putin at an EU-Russia summit in Brussels later this month to show there (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives for the second day of the European heads of states summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

The European Union’s commitment to strengthening its common security and defence policy (CSDP) does not affect Ireland’s policy of nonalignment in any(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny is pictured singing with the choir from the Department of An Taoiseach during a Christmas carol service. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has emphatically ruled out taking any senior EU post and has pledged to lead Fine Gael into the next election. Speaking to politi(...)

A man places flowers in tribute to former South African president Nelson Mandela outside his house in Johannesburg  today. Photograph: Reuters

Peter Murtagh and Bill Corcoran in JohannesburgPresident Higgins and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have arrived in Johannesburg to attend tomorrow’s State Me(...)

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