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I went to Galway last week to buy shoes in Foot Solutions. Inside I met a young Polish woman who examined my feet and wrote on a clipboard a lot of(...)

Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson has called the decision by the Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) to leave the Northern Ireland Executive dishonest, saying “exiting the field of play” was not a tactically clever first option.

First Minister Peter Robinson is to meet the British prime minister David Cameron on Tuesday to discuss the crisis caused by the PSNI assessment that (...)

Labour leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn speaks outside the Tyne Theatre and Opera House, Newcastle, during his campaign. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

Political scientist David Runciman has an interesting analysis of the British Labour Party’s leadership contest, and why Jeremy Corbyn, dismissed by m(...)

Lorries queue along the M20 in Kent outside Ashford, south east of London. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA 1:04

British prime minister David Cameron’s description of migrants trying to reach Britain as a “swarm” has been condemned as “inflammatory” and “disgrace(...)

British chancellor  George Osborne  and French economy minister Emmanuel Macron: the negotiations on the  Greek bailout strengthened the argument of British Eurosceptics. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images 1:04

Britain’s plan to renegotiate its relationship with the EU was back in the news this week as George Osborne kicked off a fresh round of diplomatic eff(...)

 Shelly Corkery, fashion director for Brown Thomas. Photograph: Alan Betson

For every applicant for a shop floor job in Brown Thomas, there are hundreds who want to skate straight in as a fashion buyer. Ideally in a flippy (...)

Migrants disembark from a Norwegian vessel in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters 2:07

European Union leaders have finally reached a highly conditional deal to help illegal immigrants who have fled across the Mediterranean in recent mont(...)

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development  Phil Hogan. “Our populations are ageing rapidly and we still need major reforms to ensure pensions and healthcare systems can cope with this societal shift.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The European Union has jobs and people at its core and is much more than an economic project, according to Ireland’s commissioner, Phil Hogan. Mr H(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (right) speaks to Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, on May 22nd. Mr Juncker smilingly greeted Mr Orban with the words: “Hello dictator”. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

It was a quick one-liner, delivered tongue-in-cheek but loud enough for the assembled media to hear. As Jean-Claude Juncker greeted leaders at the Eas(...)

In March, the Commons European Scrutiny Committee headed by Sir Bill Cash MP (above) issued a highly critical report on the BBC, saying it needs “to improve substantially the manner in which it treats EU issues”. File photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Eurosceptic Conservative MPs have demanded that the BBC’s coverage of the United Kingdom’s referendum on European Union membership should be subjected(...)