Margrethe Vestager, the competition commissioner “We have a robust decision and we will defend it in court.” Photograph: Reuters

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has launched a staunch defence of her finding that Ireland granted billions of euro in illegal state a(...)

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager: Will address MEPs this afternoon in Strasbourg on her recent state aid ruling against Ireland

European competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager will address MEPs this afternoon in Strasbourg on her recent state aid ruling against Ireland, a(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Irish Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: Schäuble is no friend of Dublin’s corporate tax model. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has played down the chances of an Apple tax windfall in Europe, warning that “you should never divvy up the (...)

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, who will meet Enda Kenny today amid the simmerimg row over the Commission’s ruling on Apple. Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

European Council president Donald Tusk arrives for his first official visit to Ireland amid deepening tensions between Dublin and Brussels over last (...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president François  Hollande are meeting on the island of Ventotene off the coast of Naples. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The leaders of the euro zone’s three largest countries will meet on a small southern Italian island today for talks on the European Union following Br(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and  the new UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Even before Angela Merkel and Theresa May spoke on Wednesday evening, during the new British prime minister’s first phone call from Downing Street, th(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said Dublin would remain ‘fully at the heart of Europe’ and that the EU had been the ‘foundation stone’ of Ireland’s recent economic recovery. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said he is confident Berlin understands the sensitivity of Ireland’s unique relationship with Britai(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark  Rutte said that he, like many other citizens woke up on the morning of June 24th feeling “pretty dreadful.” Photograph: Frederick Florin/Getty Images

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has urged the European Union not to continue with “business as usual” following the British referendum result. He war(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble: Like a nun swearing off the pope, he said he would no longer confuse his personal pro-European convictions with the sombre reality of today’s post-Brexit EU. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Wolfgang Schäuble, the 73-year-old elder statesman of German and European politics, has demonstrated time and again that when it comes to putting the (...)

A demonstrator holds a placard during a protest against the outcome of the Brexit referendum. There is no reason to let the extremists on both sides of the debate dictate how this story has to end.

All good dramas involve the suspension of disbelief. So it was with Brexit. I went to bed at 4am on Friday depressed that Britain had voted to leave t(...)

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