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# message to moscow
Meet the new bosses: Poland's Tusk and Italy's Mogherini chosen for EU top jobs
The nomination of Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk to take over as Council President will send a strong message to Moscow, amid the continuing Ukraine crisis.
# Enda's choice
Taoiseach: I fully expect to lead Fine Gael into the next election
Enda Kenny is “flattered” by being linked to two top European jobs that become available next year, but has insisted he intends to lead his party into the next general election.
# Enda's choice
There's something about Enda: Taoiseach 'being seriously talked about' for EU job
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed that his party leader is being talked about in Brussels as a possible European Commission or European Council president.
# bank debt
In full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it 'remains imperative' to split bank and sovereign debt
Enda Kenny has written a letter to the president of the European Council and other EU leaders. Read it in full here.
# EU2013
Enda Kenny: Anglo Tapes are a thunderbolt
They have also damaged Ireland’s reputation, according to the Taoiseach.
# G8
Awkward Family Photo of the Day: G8 leaders pose for traditional snap
It’s known as the family photo. Some family.
# Caption Competition
Caption Competition: What are the G8 leaders chatting about?
Political ties were off the agenda as world leaders had a casual meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny earlier today.
# G8
G8 leaders agree to negotiate 'the biggest bilateral trade deal in history'
Following negotiations today, EU and US leaders have agreed to hold more negotiations on a massive trade deal.
# Jobs
President: More action on unemployment needed from EU leaders
President Michael D Higgins says an extra two million people became unemployed in Europe last year.
# G8
Who's who: Meet the nine men and one woman who make up the G8 leaders
Eight heads of government, and two EU presidents make up the G8 leaders who are gathering in Northern Ireland today and tomorrow.
# G8
Everything you need to know about the G8, but were afraid to ask
A gathering of some of the world’s most powerful people is happening up the road in Northern Ireland today and tomorrow. But what’s it all about?
# predict a riot
PHOTOS: PSNI undergo riot training ahead of G8 summit
A massive security effort is being organised ahead of the arrival of world leaders like Barack Obama, Angela Merkel and David Cameron to Enniskillen later this month.
# Talking tax
Leaders back EU’s plan to attack ‘tax planning’ by the end of 2013
The heads of the 27 EU member states have called for ‘rapid progress’ on plans to stop companies abusing international structures.
# EU Budget
Ireland to contribute over €90 million extra to EU budget for 2013
The contribution is part of an overall contribution of €7.3 billion to cover a spending shortfall from 2012.
# 50 First Days
7 things Ireland has done in the first 50 days of its EU presidency
It’s February 19 – and the 50th day of Ireland’s tenure at the helm of the Council of the European Union.
# EU Budget
Kenny: EU budget 'a good deal for Ireland and a good deal for Europe'
The Taoiseach has welcomed a deal limiting EU spending between 2014 and 2020 to €960 billion.
# Non!
European Parliament leaders: We will veto hard-fought EU budget
The leaders of the four main groups say ‘non’ to the deal – making it virtually impossible for Ireland to steer it past MEPs.
# EU Budget
Leaders strike a deal on EU budget until 2020
The deal comes in spite of what were seen as key differences between France and the UK over the EU’s fiscal future.
# EU Budget
'It might be a late night': EU leaders bunker down for budget talks
European Council president Herman van Rompuy hasn’t yet found common ground on a seven-year EU Budget.
# Facts and Figures
What's on the table for the 2014-2020 EU budget?
As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the first of a two-day summit, just what is at stake, and where is the money going to come from?
# Promissory notes
Failure on debt deal would have 'catastrophic effect on Ireland' - Tánaiste
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will address world leaders – including Angela Merkel – in Chile today as hopes for a deal on Ireland’s bank debt took a blow last night and the opposition criticised the government’s lack of openness.
# EU Budget
EU considering calling summit next month on seven-year budget
Herman van Rompuy is canvassing member states to ask whether he should call another summit on the budget in February.
# EU2013
European Commissioners to visit Dublin as part of presidency
All 27 members of the European Commission are in town to meet members of the Irish government in Dublin Castle.
# EU2013
In full: Herman van Rompuy's speech in Dublin today
The President of the European Council is in town to mark Ireland’s presidency of the Council of the EU. Here’s what he said.
# EU2013
Explainer: A crash course on Ireland's presidency of the EU
Ireland’s six-month stint running the Council of the European Union starts today. So what’s involved?
# EU Budget
EU budget talks head into second day but no deal yet
Angela Merkel is doubtful as to whether a deal can be reached as the leaders of the 27 EU members meet again today.
# EU Budget
Taoiseach and EU leaders gathering for budget summit
EU leaders are to spend the day and probably tomorrow discussing their budget for the next seven years.
# Bank deal
Van Rompuy: Ireland could get deal on bank debts before new watchdog
The President of the European Council says the European banking supervisor doesn’t need to be finalised for the ESM to invest in banks.
# Good hustle
Ireland making 'such good progress on all fronts' - Van Rompuy
European Council president Herman Van Rompuy had some kinds words for us in Italy yesterday.
# Stimulus
European Union leaders agree to €120 billion stimulus package
The European Investment Bank will be given more cash to lend out, while other unused funds will be redeployed.
# Eurozone
EU leaders will discuss plans to integrate national budgets - report
Reuters says a document being prepared for Brussels also discusses banking union and deeper economic integration.
# Syria
EU chief: Russia and EU need to overcome differences on Syria
Russia’s Putin doesn’t look like budging on his supportive stance towards Damascus though.
# euref
Enda Kenny welcomes 'growth summit' of EU leaders ahead of referendum
The Taoiseach said he shared the stance of other leaders calling for growth policies alongside the Fiscal Treaty.
# European Council
Van Rompuy arranges EU 'growth summit' ahead of Irish referendum
The European Council will meet on May 23, eight days before Ireland’s referendum, in an olive branch to Francois Hollande.
# Referendum
Enda Kenny signs Fiscal Compact treaty in Brussels
Enda Kenny and 24 other EU leaders sign the treaty this morning on the fringes of their European Council summit.
# Referendum
VIDEO: Enda Kenny and EU leaders sign the Fiscal Compact treaty
Live footage from Brussels as the leaders of 25 EU member states – including Enda Kenny – sign the fiscal compact deal.
# EU
EU leaders strike final agreement on new treaty
Twenty-five countries including Ireland have agreed to introduce the ‘fiscal compact’, with only the UK and the Czech Republic remaining outside.
# Casual affair
Here's what European leaders might be wearing at their 'informal' summit
Today’s European Council summit is described as an ‘informal meeting’. So might leaders shed their suits for some casual threads?
# European Union
Croatia votes in favour of joining the EU
Two-thirds of voters voted in favour of joining the EU. However turnout was much lower than expected.
# David Cameron
Latest draft of EU deal raises further questions of Irish referendum
Even if Ireland does not need a referendum on ratifying the deal this year, one may be required later in the decade.