European Commission secretary general Martin Selmayr: “You cannot run the European Commission like a Montessori school,” he once said. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Martin Selmayr, the most controversial, powerful and shortlived head of the European Commission’s civil service who one critic said should be sent to (...)

Besides agriculture, Phil Hogan has been an influential figure within the commission in articulating Ireland’s case on Brexit. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Guenther Oettinger has an impossible task as budget commissioner, it is being said, as he tries to frame a new European Union between 2021 and 2027 in(...)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker during an interview  in Brussels in August. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker dismissed calls for a new EU summit on immigration, saying member states should stop dragging their (...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: has not yet commented on the Luxleaks affair

Jean-Claude Juncker, the new head of the European Commission, is facing increasing pressure to respond to last week’s revelations of tax rulings of(...)

Poland’s prime minister Donald Tusk arriving at the European Council headquarters before an EU summit in Brussels. European Union leaders chose Tusk as the new president of their Council today. Photograph: Reuters

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk has been named as the next head of the European Council with Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini scooping th(...)

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(...)

 Michel Barnier:  One of three candidates  seeking the nomination for the position of president of the European Commission. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)

Up to 2,000 delegates arrive in Dublin today for the start of the European People’s Party (EPP) conference, where the group will pick its prefe(...)