EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Google’s fast-growing tool for searching job listings has been a boon for employers and job boards starving for candidates, but several rival job-find(...)

Brussels has been conducting a preliminary investigation into Amazon’s business practices since last year. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The EU has launched a formal investigation into how Amazon uses data from other merchants selling goods on its websites, saying it wants to “take a ve(...)

German defence minister  Ursula von der Leyen, who has been nominated to be the next European Commission president, with Manfred Weber, who was a candidate for the job,  at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Frederick FlorinAFP/Getty Images

The centre-right candidate who was thwarted in his bid to become European Commission president has denounced French president Emmanuel Macron for “dam(...)

At one level, the succession battle under way in Brussels is simply that: a bare-knuckle political fight for control of the key European institutions.(...)

 Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the start of the  European Council summit in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

“We are going to witness a very dynamic 24 hours”, a senior EU official warned journalists on Wednesday night of the attempts by EU leaders to agree (...)

European Parliament president Antonio Tajani: has defended the importance of the public accountability involved in the spitzenkandidat system. Photograph: Julien Warnand/Reuters

Acknowledging the deadlock over appointments to the EU’s top jobs, European Parliament president Antonio Tajani suggested to leaders they should follo(...)

Leader of the European People’s Party and German candidate for the presidency of the European Commission Manfred Weber with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. Photograph: Juan Herrero

EU leaders had hoped for a Brexitless summit this week. It was not to be. The unfinished, noisy Tory leadership contest, not least the endless braggin(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  and his wife Brigitte Macron: he has never favoured the spitzenkandidat system. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson

On Monday night, over a hastily convened dinner in Paris, the French and Spanish leaders, Emmanuel Macron and Pedro Sánchez, plotted how they would fa(...)

 Jamie Oliver’s restaurants  were rendered insolvent in Britain last week with the loss of 1,000 jobs. Photograph:  Paul Ellis

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver refused to write off almost €15 million in loans to his restaurant chain as part of a proposal to rescue the business, whi(...)

Manfred Weber, lead candidate of the European People’s Party in European parliamentary elections. Under the spitzenkandidat system, the candidate from the party with the largest vote is nominated as MEPs’ choice for commission president. Photograph: Andreas Gebert/Getty Images

When EU leaders gather on Tuesday for a dinner and an election postmortem, the plat du jour will be how to fill the job of successor to Jean-Claude Ju(...)

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