Sweden Democrats leader leader Jimmie Akesson gestures in front of a poster that reads, “Sweden’s third largest party!” at the SD’s election night party  in Stockholm on Sunday. The anti-immigration Sweden Democrats  became the country’s third largest party. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters

Sweden and Germany seem like the last places in Europe where populist, anti-immigration politics could take root: Sweden because of its liberal social(...)

John Redmond, who was the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party from 1900 until his death in 1918, remains a controversial figure in Irish history

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he wants to put a monument to John Redmond in Leinster House. He has written to his Fine Gael predecessor John Bruton st(...)

nJames Sheehan: ‘Ford is where I learned to really question how one approaches business

Having grown up in Cork, headquarters of Ireland’s Ford Motor Company operations, James Sheehan was well aware of the opportunities a career with Ford(...)

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(...)

Kokepiyo, a girl group, at an in-store event at a Tower Records in Tokyo, one of the chain’s 85 locations in Japan. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/The New York Times

Around the world, the music business has shifted toward downloads and streaming. But in Japan, the compact disc is still king.On a drizzly Sunday afte(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve, speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington in July. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Global stocks and commodity prices rose today, boosted by speculation the US Federal Reserve will maintain a pledge on low rates later in the day and (...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Germany v Republic of Ireland Voith Arena, Heidenheim, 5pm Emma Byrne has vowed to ensure her 110th international cap today against Germany won’t be h(...)

German bookings dipped after EU santions imposed on Russia

British holiday operator Thomas Cook highlighted a slowdown in bookings in its German market but also provided guidance on full-year earnings that put(...)

US Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen addresses a Senate banking committee hearing in Washington, DC, yesterday. She told lawmakers the central bank must press on with monetary stimulus as “significant slack” remained in labour markets and inflation was still below the Fed’s goal. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

US stock markets rose yesterday, adding to earlier gains as investors bet that the US Federal Reserve would not adjust guidance about how soon it w(...)

Manchester City players (L-R) Vincent Kompany, Frank Lampard and Aleksandar Kolarov during their  training session in Munich on Tuesday. Photograph: Marc Mueller / EPA

The mission for Manchester City in Bavaria this evening is to prove their Champions League lesson has been learned. With Manuel Pellegrini hoping for(...)