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Besides agriculture, Phil Hogan has been an influential figure within the commission in articulating Ireland’s case on Brexit. Photograph: Ray Ryan

Guenther Oettinger has an impossible task as budget commissioner, it is being said, as he tries to frame a new European Union between 2021 and 2027 in(...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans addresses a news conference  in Brussels, Belgium, in February  2018. File photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

As I started to pen this missive – Tuesday – Frans Timmermans was still a runner to be the next European Commission president. By the afternoon the Eu(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives on Sunday for a European Council summit on filling the top EU institution jobs, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Johanna Geron/Reuters

EU leaders will meet again in Brussels this morning in an attempt to break the deadlock over filling the union’s top jobs for the next five years, aft(...)

European Council president Donald Tusk and Estonian prime minister Juri Ratas attend a roundtable at the council’s summit  in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Geoffroy van der Hasselt/Pool via Reuters

After a day and night of frantic bilateral meetings with fellow EU leaders, and precious little sleep, European Council president Donald Tusk will rec(...)

Barry Doyle admitted killing Geoghegan in the 15th interview and gave a number of details about the crime. Photograph: PA Wire

The killer of rugby player Shane Geoghegan in a notorious 2008 Limerick mistaken identity case has failed in an appeal of his sentence to the Strasbou(...)

Over the next seven years, 147,000km of fibre will be strung on existing Eir-owned poles, said Minister for Communications Richard Bruton in the Dáil. File photograph: Getty

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted that giving a company such as the ESB responsibility to deliver high-speed broadband “won’t work as quickly and co(...)

 European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmstrom  arrive for the EC meeting in Brussels on Tuesday.

The State’s GDP growth is expected to moderate to 3.8 per cent in 2019 and 3.4 per cent in 2020 on the back of a less benign external environment, the(...)

European Parliament in Strasbourg:  the dominant dividing line could be between politicians who want common EU-level solutions and those who favour safeguarding national sovereignty. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Four in 10 French voters say they have no interest in May’s European elections, a recent poll reports. The apathy vote is up more than a sixth since M(...)

Illustration of a European eel (Anguilla anguilla)

I confess to approaching this week’s letter with some trepidation. Your correspondent was given the firmest of reprimands by an Irish diplomat here f(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and German chancellor Angela Merkel greet  Xi Jinping at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The 14th-century admonition that “He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon” is the mantra these days of many European leaders. The devil in(...)

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