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The European Parliament meets in Strasbourg yesterday. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Ireland will have two MEPs on the influential economics committee in the new European Parliament, with the appointment of former junior finance minis(...)

European Parliament President Martin Schulz reacts after his re-election at the European Parliament in Strasbourg yesterday. Reuters/Jean-Marc Loos

It was a case of first day of school for Ireland’s newly elected MEPs yesterday as the first session of the eighth European Parliament got under way (...)

European Commission president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker: he is eager to play down his federalist reputation, saying he is “allergic to this term ‘the United States of Europe’”. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The outcome was inevitable. Jean-Claude Juncker was chosen by the European Council yesterday as the man to lead the European Commission over th(...)

Polish foreign minister Radislow Sikorski said British prime minister David Cameron would be able to negotiate major reforms to Britain’s EU membership terms even if he was defeated on the Juncker issue. Photograph: Reuters/Slawek Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy travels to London for talks with British prime minister David Cameron today amid increasing expectatio(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: “There is an important principle at stake here which is that the accountable, elected members of the European Council, the elected heads of state, the elected heads of government, should be the ones who propose who runs the European Commission.” Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA Wire

British prime minister David Cameron has refused to back down from his opposition to former Luxembourg prime minister Jean-Claude Juncker becoming (...)

British prime minister David Cameron (left), German chancellor Angela Merkel, Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte take a boat ride ahead of  talks. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel delivered her strongest statement yet in support of Jean-Claude Juncker’s bid to become the next president of the Eur(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel:  reportedly vowed to assist British prime minister David Cameron and Sweden’s Fredrick Reinfeldt in blocking Jean-Claude Juncker’s ambitions to become the next European Commission president. Photograph: Reuters/Michaela Rehle

Chancellor Angela Merkel has reportedly called European Parliament efforts to force through Jean-Claude Juncker as next European Commission presiden(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel has backed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel has backed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president just three days after declining to do so in Brussels.(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble: “In my own party I am sometimes seen as too romantic, pro-European from the last century, which is nonsense.” Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has dubbed the election success of France’s “fascist, extremist” National Front a failure of European – not(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: he is still being mentioned as a possible contender for the post of European Council president

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and outgoing Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore fly to Brussels today to meet European counterparts as EU leaders gather for the first time t(...)

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