Anti-nuclear activists   on the “Europe” bridge between Kehl, southwestern Germany, and Strasbourg, eastern France, remember the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Sweden alerted the French government to the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl two days after it occurred. The priority of French authorities was to preven(...)

Sainsbury’s advanced 1.3 per cent in London yesterday while Rio Tinto and Glencore lost more than 2.9 per cent. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

European shares fell further below last week’s three-month high yesterday, as a slump in French utility EDF and weaker banking stocks, as well as wor(...)

The 2016 Start-up Nation Scoreboard gives Ireland an overall ranking of 72 per cent. This compares with the overall winner, the Netherlands, on 85 per cent, and the European Union average of 60 per cent.  Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

Ireland has been ranked as one of the best countries in Europe for adopting key measures that can help start-ups to thrive. A new study from the Eur(...)

Artist’s impression   of the how the proposed Hinkley Point C station: Former Électricité de France money man Thomas Piquemal’s fears over Hinkley Point – that it could threaten the future of the entire EDF group – are now widely shared. Photograph: EDF/PA

The first concrete has yet to be poured in the construction of the £18 billion (€23.2 billion) Hinkley Point C project. But already it is turning into(...)

EDF shares – the worst performers in the Stoxx Europe Utilities index over the past 12 months with a 56 per cent slide - rose as much as 13 per cent after the firm announced a return   to positive cash flow. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters

EDF shares jumped more than 10 per cent, their biggest rise since 2008, after the French utility company eased worries about its ability to finance nu(...)

 The biggest faller in London was Standard Chartered, which dropped 5.3 per cent after Investec cut its rating to hold from buy, recommending investors take profits after a 17 per cent surge in two days. Photograph: Leon Neal/AFP/Getty

The Iseq slipped about 0.5 per cent yesterday as European stocks generally struggled to maintain momentum, due to renewed concerns about global growt(...)

French utility EDF put its exit from the CAC 40 stock index down to the fact that the French state holds about 85 per cent of its share capital, severely limiting its free float. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

French utility EDF is to lose its place in France’s blue-chip CAC 40 stock index, ceding the prized slot to Klépierre, the real estate investment comp(...)

On Dublin’s Iseq,  Ryanair fell 0.7 per cent to €14.59. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Stock markets worldwide dived into the red amid a commodity price rout in which the cost of oil touched below $40 a barrel for the first time since Fe(...)

The British are very good at pageants and ceremony, and over the five days of the visit of China’s President Xi Jingping they have been laying it on w(...)

Roads cut through the site where EDF Energy’s Hinkley Point nuclear power station will be constructed in Bridgwater, southwest England. File photograph: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping sealed a multibillion dollar deal to finance nuclear power stations in Britain, crowning a visit that prime minister Davi(...)