Incoming European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen  with outgoing president Jean-Claude Juncker prior to a lunch meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Virginia Mayo

The incoming European Commission will be close to gender-balanced for the first time in its history. President-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Monday li(...)

Ursula von der Leyen, the incoming president of the commission, told MEPs last month that Brussels would “make use of all the flexibility allowed in the rules” to promote growth and investment. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Retuers

Brussels is planning to simplify the eurozone’s complex budgetary rules to provide governments with softer debt reduction targets that do not push st(...)

A European Commission report says that growth in the euro zone exceeded expectations in the first quarter of the year. Photograph: iStock

Ireland’s economic outlook remains “clouded in uncertainty”, the European Commission has warned in its summer economic forecast. Brexit and changes in(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi, left,  with  Italy’s economy and finance minister Giovanni Tria during the Eurogroup meeting at the EU headquarters in Luxembourg on Thursday. Photograph: John  Thys/AFP/Getty Images

EU finance ministers and officials have warned Italy that it needs to bring its public finances back into line with the bloc’s rules, saying previous (...)

Protesters during a rally demanding the resignation of Czech prime minister Andrej Babis in Prague on Wednesday. Photograph: Bundas Engler/Reuters

Billionaire Czech prime minister Andrej Babis has dismissed huge street protests demanding his resignation and denounced a European Commission audit i(...)

Former Conservative  MP  Ann Widdecombe   with colleagues from the Brexit Party celebrate it success in the EU elections in London on Monday. Photograph: Tolga AkmenAFP/Getty Images

AUSTRIA The conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) of Sebastian Kurz shrugged off 10 days of crisis, and his impending dismissal as chancellor, to finish (...)

Poland’s finance minister Teresa Czerwinska and Czech Republic finance minister Alena Schillerova ahead of the Ecofin meeting. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

EU attempts to tax the digital giants were laid to rest by EU finance ministers at their Ecofin meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. They agreed to freeze(...)

The European Commission has strongly criticised the Government’s housing policy, suggesting rapidly rising rents, insufficient residential constructio(...)

European commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis said Italy urgently needed to restore investor confidence. Photograph: Reuters

Rome and Brussels have ended their long-running feud over Italy’s 2019 budget, striking a deal on spending plans that had rattled investors and stoked(...)

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