Martin Selmayr

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European Ombudsman Emily OReilly is critical of the manner in which Martin Selmayr has been appointed. Photograph: Getty Images

The controversial appointment in February of European Commission secretary general Martin Selmayr involved breaches by the commission of rules that co(...)

A file image of  Emily O Reilly. Photograph: The Irish Times

The European Ombudsman has found that the EU executive under President Jean-Claude Juncker failed to follow procedures in appointing his chief aide to(...)

A no-deal for the rest of the EU means no British exit cash and budgetary chaos, border controls and customs, airlines unable to land, uncertainty on citizen rights, and supply line disruptions

“The European Council renews its call upon Member States, Union institutions and all stakeholders to step up their work on preparedness at all levels (...)

Martin Selmayr: has been appointed commission’s new secretary general in manner criticised as “secretive”. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

MEPs have sharply rebuked the European Commission over the secretive way in which it appointed its new secretary general. The nomination by commissi(...)

New secretary-general of the commission Martin Selmayr has come under fresh attack after suggesting tripling the “transition allowance” for commissioners after they leave office. Under the reported plans officials could receive €13,500 per month for up to five years, an office in the commission, and an official car with a driver and two assistants. Photograph: EPA

Returning to Brussels as a correspondent last summer after nearly two decades away I met for dinner an old friend who had risen through the ranks of t(...)

The EU’s new top civil servant Martin Selmayr arrives for a meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The appointment last week of the EU’s new top civil servant by means that could best be described as sleight of hand has provoked uproar in the usuall(...)

Martin Selmayr: the European Commission’s new secretary general claimed recently to have 5m of books on Ireland on his shelves.  Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

In a major reshuffle of the top ranks of the EU civil service, the European Commission has appointed Jean-Claude Juncker’s right-hand man as the organ(...)

According to environmental pressure group, Transport & Environment (T&E), an internal VW document showed that the car firm was prepared to go much further than the Commission’s proposals, but chose not to

A leaked document, apparently from a senior Volkswagen lobbyist, seems to show that the company was prepared to accept tough targets for electric car (...)

British prime minister Theresa May is meeting European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels on October 16th. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Top allies to Jean-Claude Juncker and Theresa May have engaged in a public clash over an account of a private Brussels dinner between the two leaders (...)

There is some scepticism in Brussels about the ability of Theresa May’s minority administration to make effective decisions. Photograph: Getty Images

Theresa May is to be told the EU will take a year to draft a new mandate for its chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, effectively killing the Brexit nego(...)

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