Aer Lingus shed some of the gains it made on Thursday on the back of reports the Government was close to agreeing to sell the State’s stake to  IAG. Photograph: Alan Betson

European stocks slid on Friday as concern over the impact of Greek debt was exacerbated by declines in the US and Asia. A two-hour blackout at news a(...)

The Happiness Trap on Townhall Street
Shoptalk: Enniskillen

The word Enniskillen triggers the same unfortunate associations as do the names Lockerbie, Warrington, Oklahoma City and other innocent sites of man’s(...)

Günter Grass: after the nationalist enthusiasms of his youth he opted for scepticism and moderation, shunning ideological extremes. Photograph: Michael Probst/AP

Günter Grass, who has died aged 87, was Germany’s best-known postwar novelist, a man of huge energy and zest who, besides his fiction-writing, enjoyed(...)

Germany’s Dax, down 1.9 percent, underperformed the wider market, after a recent sharp rally and as the euro gained against the dollar. Photograph: Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski

European stocks slipped on Thursday due to Greece’s worsening financial predicament, while euro zone government borrowing costs, including Ireland’(...)

Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister, speaks during a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington  Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis promised to compromise in negotiations over the next instalment of a bailout loan that would prevent a default(...)

Ireland’s fertility rate, at 2.01 live births per woman (in 2012), was the highest in the EU (along with France), but it is still below the population replacement level of 2.1 per cent.

Ireland has the highest proportion of children in the European Union, according to a new report.Last year, the proportion of children in Ireland (coun(...)

Sculptures by Gerda Frömel, clockwise from bottom left: Animal (1963), courtesy the artist’s estate; Moon and Hill (1971), courtesy Imma collection; Spear (1973), courtesy Imma collection; Eve (1974), courtesy the artist’s estate; and Head (circa 1967), private collection

There’s often an element of hype involved when an artist is described as “long-neglected” or “rediscovered”, but both terms are entirely justified (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, who along with her French counterpart François Hollande,  has been notably quiet in their public comments on the trade pact. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

European Commission officials travel across the Atlantic next week for talks on the European Union-United States trade deal as the ninth round of n(...)

Members of the anti-war women’s group Code Pink wave placards as they interrupt a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images
Kerry still confident of Iran deal
  • US
  • April 15, 2015, 11:30

US secretary of state John Kerry has said he is still confident of a nuclear deal with Iran after president Barack Obama agreed to sign legislation gi(...)

 Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB) during a press conference following the meeting of the Governing Council in Frankfurt . Photograph: Daniel Rolanddaniel

The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday, holding them at record lows as its money-printing scheme shows early signs of pe(...)