A view of Val-de-Travers, the valley where absinthe was born and has been produced for centuries, in Gorgier, Switzerland. The absinthe trail, a  list of attractions related to the drink, dots the Val-de-Travers. Photograph: Niels Ackermann/The New York Times

Sunbeams shot through the forest, lighting up the wispy fog on the path ahead. For over an hour I’d been walking up the mountain trail alone, marching(...)

Only one in 10 students was able to tackle the most complex financial tasks on the test.

Students in Shanghai in China have the highest financial literacy in the OECD, according to a new study. With a mean score of 603 points, they finishe(...)

Eugenie Bouchard: can take her first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon today.

Eugenie Bouchard was asked yesterday to describe her game. “Solid, aggressive,” came the reply. The trade secrets are safe with the Canadian as she fa(...)

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark stretches for a return during her match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Caroline Wozniacki unintentionally became embroiled in an issue that is gathering momentum at Wimbledon. The Danish player fell out at the fourth rou(...)

Andreas Treichl, head of Erste Group Bank, said the stress test favoured banks in Italy and other southern nations.

The European Central Bank has defended the design of a stress test for 128 euro zone lenders, after Andreas Treichl, head of Erste Group Bank, vowed t(...)

A man drops his ballot in a container at a home for the elderly during the European Parliament elections in Utrecht. Elections to the European Parliament are taking place on May 22-25 in all 28 EU member states. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

What are the European elections and what are we voting for? This weekend up to 380 million people will vote across Europe to elect their representati(...)

 Bosnian soldiers evacuated people from their homes in the town of Bosanski Samac in the northern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. A state of emergency has been declared in Bosnia and Herzegovina due to severe floods caused by rain falling for several days. Photograph: Fehim Demir/EPA

Bosnia has said today that more than a quarter of its four million people had been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory, c(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: Accused of using euro crisis as a smokescreen. Photograph: EPA/Daniel Naupoldepa

The Berlin headquarters of Angela Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lies on the northern bank of t(...)

Outside the Hellenic stock exchange in Athens: the new Cambria Global Value ETF specialises in undervalued markets, like Greece. Photograph: chris ratcliffe/bloomberg

Aer Lingus, CPL, CRH, FBD, Fyffes, Glanbia, Kingspan, Origin Enterprises, Smurfit Kappa and Total Produce all have one thing in common – they a(...)

The boards of Lafarge and Holcim  are due to announce the companies’ merger today. Photograph: Fabrice Dimier/Bloomberg

  The world’s two largest cement makers, France’s Lafarge and Holcim of Switzerland, have agreed the terms of a merger that would create a(...)