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(...)

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(...)

Eurogroup chairman Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Reuters/Eric Vidal

Germany has dismissed speculation that Chancellor Angela Merkel will back Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker as lead candidate for the conservative bloc(...)

Luxembourg prime minister Claude Juncker attends the state funeral of the late Belgian prime minister Wilfried Martens at Sint Baafs Kathedraal in Ghent on Saturday. Photograph: Mark Renders/Getty Images

Jean-Claude Juncker looked set to be re-elected as prime minister of Luxembourg last night, as citizens of the tiny duchy went to the polls in an earl(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: he and his coalition partners had very different ideas about what a prime minister’s role should be. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/Reuters

He may have headed one of the smallest countries in the European Union but the resignation of Luxembourg’s prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker has caus(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker leaves the Grand Ducal Palace after resigning. Photograph: Charles Caratini/Reuters

Luxembourg’s government resigned yesterday amid controversy over prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker’s handling of a security service spying investigat(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg since 1995,  is the European Union’s longest serving head of government. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/Reuters

Luxembourg’s prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker has bowed to pressure for an early election after his junior coalition partner blamed him for failing (...)

A state school teacher shouts slogans in front of a banner that reads “No to the civil mobilisation” during a peaceful protest in central Athens on May 13th. Greece’s conservative-led government issued a civil mobilisation order forcing state school teachers to work during university entrance exams. Photograph: AP Photo/Kostas Tsironis

Imagine an EU member state where the public service relied, for its efficiency, on bribery and corruption. Imagine a state where the hospital service (...)

Jeroen Dijsselbloem: president of the eurogroup, in his alma mater UCC yesterday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Standing in the 19th-century Aula Maxima hall in University College Cork, Jeroen Dijsselbloem is in reminiscent mode. “This wonderful hall I’ve(...)

Students saying no  to austerity measures in front of the Cypriot parliament building in Nicosia earlier this week.   Photograph: Milos Bicanski

‘I believe we are at this moment sleeping on a volcano.” Alexis de Tocqueville’s speech to the French national assembly on January 29th, 1848, (...)

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