Angel Gurria, secretary general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD): the OECD’s report suggests global FDI increased by 25 per cent to $1.7 trillion in 2015. Photograph: Molly Riley/AFP/Getty Images

Foreign direct investment (FDI) among top industrial countries almost doubled last year with large inflows recorded in Ireland, the Netherlands, Switz(...)

A baby at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees at the Greek-Macedonian border. Hanging the country out to dry and expelling it from the euro area as it grapples with Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War is not an option.  REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

As thousands of migrants remain trapped in Greece the country finds itself at the coalface of Europe’s refugee crisis. It is hoping last month’s refug(...)

Waterford Spraoi. Photograph: John Loftus

What links Athens, Florence, Paris and Cork? They have all held the title European Capital of Culture. The programme began in 1985, after Melina Merc(...)

Countries such as France, Belgium and Portugal have signs such as this one, to warn motorists they must leave a 1.5m gap when overtaking cyclists

What’s in a word? It might save a life, according to one cycling campaigner who is advocating for a set minimum overtaking distance between drivers an(...)

Ringing the changes: Barry Gardiner and Anthony Kinahan who are getting married  in Drogheda. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

For Anthony Kinahan (34) and Barry Gardiner (36), who met at a disco in Drogheda 17 years ago, today marks the “close of an emotional chapter and the (...)

A total of 27 Portuguese workers who worked in Ireland on a road project must be paid some €418,000 within a month, it has been  ruled.  File photograph: Getty Images

A total of 27 Portuguese workers who worked in Ireland on a road project must be paid some €418,000 within a month as a condition of a stay, pending a(...)

Pep Guardiola: hoping to guide German champions Bayern into the last four again.  Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

Bayern Munich flew to Portugal yesterday for what they expect to be a serious test of their Champions League credentials against Benfica tonight. A 1(...)

The spice market in Istanbul. Why hasn’t the Turkish economy collapsed with an additional approximately 3.5m Syrians within its borders over the last few years? Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Clashes between police and migrants at the Greece-Macedonia border in recent days is proof, if further proof was required, that the EU’s response to t(...)

Yanis Varoufakis: traces the origins of Europe’s crisis to 1971 in his new book. Photograph: milos bicanski/getty images

Eight months after his abrupt resignation as Greece’s finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis is back in the thick of things, leading a new pan-European po(...)

Since humble beginnings in Dublin, the chain now boasts over 300 stores in 10 countries and 62,000 employees

Next week, on April 14th, Primark will open its first store in Italy. The store is in Arese, about 12km from fashion hotspot Milan, in a former Alfa (...)