If ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet’s letter of November 19th is released, will it have been worth the wait? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Issue: The possible release of ‘the’ letter from Jean- Claude Trichet to Brian Lenihan

British sappers dig a communication trench to Messines Ridge on May 7th, 1917, during the battle of Flanders. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

In a region of many cemeteries, Angela Merkel’s presence is a powerful symbol

British prime minister David Cameron: confirmed yesterday there will be a House of Commons vote on an opt-back in to the European arrest warrant within the next three weeks. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

New report finds Britain’s immigration system has huge backlog of cases

A boy walks between gravestones of first World War soldiers at the Tyne Cot cemetery in Zonnebeke, Belgium. The aim of the archive initiative with Google is to bring the ‘history of the first World War closer to Ireland’. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Scheme will facilitate annual research into fuller lists of soldiers from Ireland involved

From left: Queen Mathilde of Belgium, Dutch Princess Beatrix and German chancellor Angela Merkel arrive in Nieuwpoort for the World War commemorations. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

Merkel says it is an ‘honour’ to speak at commemoration

The ECB is due to begin supervising the euro zone’s biggest banks in a week’s time in a major shift of power away from national supervisors to a pan-European regulator

Eleven institutions, including PTSB, to restructure or raise capital on markets

Fresh proof of the fragility of Italian banks has emerged at a sensitive time for the government of Mario Renzi, which is locked in a battle with the European Commission over Italy’s 2015 budget

Italy in spotlight as nine of its banks fail stress test

Twenty five of the euro zone’s 130 biggest banks have failed a landmark health check and ended last year with a collective capital shortfall of €25 billion, the European Central Banks said today.

Banks in question ended last year with a collective capital shortfall of €25 billion writes Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent,(...)

The outgoing European Council president Herman Van Rompuy says the decision not to set national  emission targets at this point was taken at the behest of member states.    Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Taoiseach says plan to recognise sector in climate package a big gain for Ireland

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