Tinkoff-Saxo team rider Michael Rogers of Australia celebrates after winning the 16th stage.   Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Michael Rogers won his first stage of cycling’s Tour de France as Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali retained his overall lead. Rogers won the 16th stage -- a 2(...)

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is seeking to escalate pressure on Russia. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Today’s meeting of EU foreign affairs ministers in Brussels may have been scheduled for months, but rarely has a gathering of the bloc’s 28 foreign po(...)

US President Barack Obama appointed a special, bipartisan commission to propose solutions to the alleged crisis, and spent much of his first term trying to negotiate a Grand Bargain on the budget with Republicans. Photograph: Bloomberg

For much of the past five years readers of political and economic news were left in little doubt that budget deficits and rising debt were the most i(...)

Facing the toughest market conditions in its 25-year history, BSkyB has opened talks with Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox to acquire Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia. Photograph: PA

BSkyB’s plan to buy Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV assets in Italy and Germany for perhaps as much as €10 billion is a bold bet on long-term growth at the ex(...)

A view of the  works to refloat the wreck of the Costa Concordia cruise ship off the coast of Giglio Island, Italy. The Concordia’s eagerly awaited departure from Giglio now seems set for Tuesday rather than tomorrow.  Photograph: Claudio Giovanni/EPA 1:22

For a man with a serious weight of responsibility sitting on his shoulders, Dutch tug captain, Hans Bosch, sounded very confident at a press conferenc(...)

Ireland’s Under-21 men and women both earned promotion to the A division of European hockey for 2016 with the former winning gold on Saturday with a l(...)

Refugees leave the Italian Navy ship ‘Etna’, which rescued some  2,186 migrants off the Sicily coasts, as it arrives in Salerno, Southern Italy today. Photograph: Cesare Abbate/EPA.

Nineteen people died trying to reach Italy on a boat packed with hundreds of migrants, probably poisoned by carbon monoxide fumes from its engines, th(...)

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin (centre) warned the UN Security Council  against  attempts to pressure an investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Reuters

The shooting down of flight MH17 on Thursday afternoon in Ukrainian airspace potentially opens up a new front in the ongoing tensions between the West(...)

Crowds gather in front of the GPO on O’Connell Street, in Dublin, in November, 2010, as the country entered the final hours of negotiations for emergency EU and IMF loans aimed at preventing the crisis from spreading to Portugal and Spain and threatening the future of the euro. Photographs: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Two years ago, economists were still taking bets on the probability of a euro zone break-up. Today the threat of a currency collapse has receded. T(...)

Monte Carlo, “a sunny place for shady people”: interventions on behalf of the wealthy and privileged are becoming more and more confident

Democracy is born free but everywhere in chains, as Rousseau nearly said. In truth all democracies are creatures of past struggles, amalgams of old po(...)