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New plans for further cross-border harmonisation of tax rules across the EU are to be discussed by European finance ministers. File photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

New plans for further cross-border harmonisation of tax rules across the European Union are to be discussed by European finance ministers at a two-day(...)

Are we really going to defend the Ireland of the great kleptocrat Charles Haughey? Photograph: Colman Doyle

Well, at least it’s an innovative way to commemorate the centenary of the first World War. Enda Kenny is re-enacting John Redmond’s rallying cry: go t(...)

 Turkish police secure the area in front of Eminonu Mosque in Istanbul on Thursday. The  Turkish parliament has formally approved a three-month state of emergency declared by Turkish president Erdogan. Photograph: EPA

Turkey has said it will suspend the European convention on human rights during a state of emergency declared in the aftermath of last weekend’s coup (...)

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness. File Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness has warned a failure to make changes in Europe in the wake of Brexit could lead to the disintegration of the European(...)

European Commission translators at work: Sad and all as Brexit is, it opens up opportunities in the EU institutions for Irish citizens. Photograph: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images

In 1989 a number of colleagues and I were seconded on a three-year contract to the European Commission from the Irish Civil Service. One reason we got(...)

The EU is cited nine times in the Belfast Agreement but only in passing. Brussels has no formal role in any of the agreement’s institutions. Even the all-Ireland EU funding body is not specified in the agreement’s text – and EU funding can continue by treating Northern Ireland as a border region. Photograph: Dan Chung/Reuters

The British people were traumatised, the institutions of the UK were shaken, and nothing was ever going to be the same again. For about a week, anyway(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker attends a debate at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, July 5th. Photograph: Reuters

Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage have shown a lack of patriotism in quitting ahead of the negotiations for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (...)

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(...)

A protest at the Schuman roundabout in Brussels in May against the European Commissions’ plans to relicense glyphosate in May. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

A last-minute intervention from the European Commission to extend the licence of a controversial weedkiller, which is used widely in Ireland’s tillage(...)

Former legal adviser to the Stormont government Brian Doherty said important elements of the Northern Ireland settlement will go if the UK leaves the EU

Important elements of the Northern Ireland settlement will go if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, according to a former legal adviser to (...)

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