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Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen: decision to step down to seek EU role took EU community by surprise. Photograph: Reuters/Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva

The race for the top jobs in the European Union intensified this week following the decision by Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen to step d(...)

‘Europe’s big problem is the indifference which it increasingly provokes. The indifference of the electorate: the more powers the Parliament has the fewer people vote – participation has gone from 62 per cent in 1979 to 43 per cent in 2009 and no one knows what figure we will manage in May.’  Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s big problem is Ireland, with its corporate tax rate of 12.5 per cent, which is half the average rate in the European Union and a good (...)

Jean-Claude Juncker, EPP candidate for president of EU Commission.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Jean-Claude Juncker has been selected as the European People’s Party (EPP) candidate for European Commission president. The Former Luxembourg prime(...)

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(...)

Even now, despite CDU support, Berlin officials are concerned that Jean-Claude Juncker’s  outspoken style has put many noses out of joint in other European capitals. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has backed Jean-Claude Juncker to lead Europe’s conservative bloc in May’s E(...)

Israeli prime minister Benyamin Netanyahu and German chancellor Angela Merkel shake hands after a short press statement in Jerusalem, Israel, on Monday. The governments are meeting for the fifth German-Israeli government consultations on February 24th and 25th. Photograph: Rainer Jensen/EPA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has taken her cabinet on a two-day trip to Israel to boost German-Israeli relations that are increasingly burde(...)

German Social Democrat Martin Schulz: engaged in a “slightly democratic” gambit. Photograph: Reuters

For years the struggle between Europe’s institutions has been one of the real dynamics of EU politics, although often wrongly seen as periphera(...)

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(...)

Making waves: the EU and US appear keen on reducing trade barriers, such as tariffs, but any trade deal is still a long way off. Photograph: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

Negotiators from the European Union and the United States are meeting in Washington this week for the latest round of negotiations on an economic pact(...)

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