A pro-Yes motorcyclist trails the saltire flag and the lion rampant flag of Scotland while riding through the town of Kilmarnock in Scotland yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Robert Perry

The referendum on Scottish independence has deep implications not only for the future of the British union, but also for the union of 28 countries tha(...)

Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Four years ago, just as the rest of the world seemed to be recovering from the great financial crisis, the euro area stumbled. The crisis epicentre ha(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: says routes to east could run at loss for up to three years. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Still in aviation, despite Russia’s conflict with Ukraine and the ensuing tensions with the EU and US, Ryanair is still keen on flying from the Republ(...)

Ryanair CEO, Michael O’Leary, pictured at Dublin Airport, in the cockpit of the first of Ryanair’s new Boeing 737-800 NG aircraft. Photograph: Collins

Ryanair will press ahead with plans to expand in Cyprus even if its bid to take over the country’s ailing national airline does not succeed, it eme(...)

 A number of EU commissioner designates, including Irish nominee Phil Hogan (above), will meet incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker this week in Brussels. Photograph: David Sleator

Ireland is interested in securing an EU commissionership related to jobs, investment and growth, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said this weekend, suggesting t(...)

Apoel’s  Cillian Sheridan after scoring against  Aalborg BK  in a Champions League play-off game.

It’s almost six years since Cillian Sheridan made his Champions League debut for Celtic at Old Trafford and while he left a year or so later and th(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: could he be looking to take on the big beasts of the Gulf . Photograph: Eric Luke

Ryanair could find itself the owner of a small national airline that is not Aer Lingus. It is Cyprus Airways, a struggling carrier that has been leaki(...)

Cyprus Airways  is 93% state-owned but the government, which is still struggling from the collapse of the country’s banking system in 2012, is seeking to offload it. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Bloomberg

Ryanair is likely to offer just a “nominal sum” for loss-making Cyprus Airways, which it is eyeing as a potential foothold in the eastern Mediterrane(...)

 Tottenham players celebrate Harry Kane’s winner in the victory over AEL Limassol at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus. Photo:  EPA

AEL Limassol 1 Tottenham 2 Erik Lamela inspired Tottenham to a 2-1 victory over AEL Limassol in the in the first leg of their play-off in Cypr(...)

People walking past a retail store that is having a sale in Rome. Italy slid into recession for the third time since 2008 in the second quarter. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

The European Central Bank (ECB) faces fresh calls to adopt growth-boosting measures after data out yesterday showed growth in the euro zone has stalle(...)