Members of Boat to Vote, a group of Irish people who returned from London to vote in the marriage-equality referendum. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ireland is one of the few countries in the developed world that doesn’t allow its citizens to vote from abroad, but that didn’t stop emigrants flocki(...)

A trader on the NYSE. The main worry is another recession. All we know is that a slowdown is certain but what is utterly unknown is how many months or years that calamity lies in the future. It has become a cliché to repeat Nobel Laureate Paul Samuelson’s joke that markets predict nine out of five recessions.

Commentators are scrambling to provide explanations for market turmoil. They should be put out of their misery: nobody know’s what is driving the late(...)

 The German-led patrol will be backed by planes that can monitor the flow of people attempting illegal crossings. Photograph: Ingo Wagner/AP

Nato has sent a patrol of three warships to intercept migrants trying to reach Greece by sea and send them back to Turkey, as Europe steps up efforts (...)

US secretary of defence Ash Carter:  “There is now a criminal syndicate that is exploiting these poor people and this is an organised smuggling operation,” he said. “Targeting that is the way that the greatest effect can be had.” Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nato will send military vessels to the Aegean Sea to help Turkey and Greece crack down on criminal networks smuggling migrants and refugees into Euro(...)

A  migrant woman  waits for  the train to depart to Slovenia on her journey to western Europe from  a refugee transit camp in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. Photograph: Darrin Zammit/Reuters

As the Syrian conflict continues to rage, the prospect of a renewed exodus of citizens to Europe seems all but inevitable. The deteriorating situatio(...)

EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos  praised Athens and Rome for a “spectacular” increase in how many arrivals they are fingerprinting but said they were still falling short. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule/EPA

EU states took a new step towards a two-year suspension of their open-borders zone yesterday as the European Commission again rebuked them for failing(...)

 Dominick Chilcott, British Ambassador to Ireland, addressing an Irish Exporters Association forum on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxwells.

The British government will not hold a second referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union “if the people deliver the wrong answer” in the (...)

Volunteers wait for the arrival of refugee and migrant boats  on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. The International Organisation for Migration says 374 migrants have died so far this year while trying to reach Greece.  Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

At least 27 refugees, including 11 children, drowned after a boat trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos capsized two miles off the Turkish coast (...)

Karl Marx: his warning that history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce has modern application. Any populist government in Europe might succeed in raising growth with banking policies – but this make them so dangerous. Photograph: Imagno/Getty

Rereading John Weitz’s biography of Hjalmar Schacht, Hitler’s Banker, I noted some interesting parallels between the 1930s and now that I had not cons(...)

Jackue Healy-Rae. Independents  have provided almost 100 per cent support for minority governments, with dissident party backbenchers instead being the main source of instability. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Opinion polls suggest Independents will win record levels of support in the forthcoming election. With those polls indicating no clear winner, Indepe(...)