Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat listens to Britain’s prime minister David Cameron as Taoiseach Enda Kenny walks past during the European Union summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

A special European summit to make top EU appointments ended in stalemate early this morning, potentially dealing a blow to Dublin’s campaign to secure(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with British prime minister David Cameron and  EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton at the  summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

EU leaders failed to agree on the appointment of two senior EU jobs yesterday evening, potentially deferring the final decision until the end of Augus(...)

Commissionerships are still a valued commodity, as the debate over the nomination of Phil Hogan  confirms, not least due to the  salary and benefits. With commissioners commanding a monthly salary of €20,800 – rising to €23,100 for vice-presidents – plus pension, residence allowances and transitional payments.

Following the fractious battle over the nomination of José Manuel Barroso’s successor as European Commission president, EU leaders met in Brussels yes(...)

European Parliament president Martin Schulz congratulates Jean-Claude Juncker after his election as president of the European Commission. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

EU leaders including Taoiseach Enda Kenny travel to Brussels on Wednesday to discuss the delegation of senior European Union positions, amid expect(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: “The economy has to serve people and not the other way around.” Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Newly-elected head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker called for a €300 billion package of investment to stimulate the European economy y(...)

Nigel Farage (left), British Member of the European parliament and leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), greets Jean-Claude Juncker, candidate for President of the Commission, before his statement during the plenary session in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

Jean-Claude Juncker has pledged to lead the European Commission with an “agenda of reform” as the former Luxembourg prime minister was elected as the (...)

Independent MEP Luke Ming Flanagan urged incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker  to honour his commitment to  Ireland regarding bank debt. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Two Irish MEPs yesterday pressed incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on the issue of Ireland’s claim for debt relief.During a c(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker, European Peoples’ Party group candidate designate for the presidency of the European Commission (left) and Nigel Farage, chairman of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group of the European Parliament, in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

Six weeks ago French prime minister Manuel Valls described the European elections as a “political earthquake” after anti-EU parties topped the poll(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble insisted  legislating for direct ESM recapitalisations  would did not open the floodgates and allow problem banks empty the rescue fund. Photograph: Eric Luke

Germany has backed the principle of retroactive direct bank recapitalisation for euro zone banks, after the cabinet in Berlin gave the go-ahead yes(...)

David Cameron: has made a succession of poor moves over Europe. Photograph: Reuters

July 16th will see Luxembourg’s Jean-Claude Juncker elected European Commission president by the European Parliament. He will be the thirteenth holder(...)

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