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EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Fühle (left) attends a news conference with Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama in Tirana on Wednesday. The European Commission recommended Albania be granted candidate status to the European Union. Photograph: Arben Celi/Reuters

The European Commission moved forward with integration plans yesterday, giving the green light to Albania to commence EU accession talks and permittin(...)

Economic commissioner Olli Rehn: “Many reforms initiated under the programme were of a long-term and structural nature, and it was in fact never expected that the process would stop due to the completion of the programme.” Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Ireland has come under renewed pressure from the EU to maintain the tight budgetary consolidation imposed during its bailout. The warning came as t(...)

Number one: Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan celebrates with supporters after his election to the European Parliament. Photograph: Keith Heneghan

Protesters lined up at a European election ballot box, one roaring into it through a megaphone, another raising a fist, a third waving a placard with (...)

EU commissioner  Olli Rehn: Obliged to take “electoral leave”. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

As Portugal followed Ireland and Spain, and became the third country to hail the successful completion of its bailout programme, one familiar figure o(...)

Troika inspectors were expected to meet Minister for Finance Michael Noonan last night. Photograph: Eric Luke

Inspectors from the EU/IMF troika have arrived back in Dublin to scrutinise the Government’s execution of the budget and its deli(...)

Finnish vice-president of the European Commission Olli Rehn is one of six commissioners standing down from their duties early to contest the European elections. Photograph: Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva/Reuters

MEPs gathered in Strasbourg this week for the final plenary session of the current term of the European Parliament before hurrying back to thei(...)

 German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said sustainable growth and stable finances were “not alternatives but two sides of the same coin”. Photograph: Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has warned his new French counterpart, Michel Sapin, that the rest of Europe expects Paris to stick to it(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, said the moderate recovery in the euro area economy was proceeding in line with the ECB’s previous assessment, although the signals from the organisation’s analysis indicated “subdued underlying price pressures in the euro area over the medium term”. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Bloomberg

Interest rates were left unchanged by the governing council of the European Central Bank yesterday and speculation that it mig(...)

The European Commission report stated that the Irish Government needs to help boost the supply of housing in Dublin and that all mortgages with Irish banks that are in arrears of more than 90 days should be restructured.

A European Commission report has concluded that house prices in Ireland may have “undershot desirable levels”, with the average house price underva(...)

 Michel Barnier:  One of three candidates  seeking the nomination for the position of president of the European Commission. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images)

Up to 2,000 delegates arrive in Dublin today for the start of the European People’s Party (EPP) conference, where the group will pick its prefe(...)

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