Taoiseach Enda Kenny has claimed the risk to the economy from political instability is real and that cool heads and steady hands are needed to ensure continued growth. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has claimed the risk to the economy from political instability is “real” and that “cool heads” and “steady hands” are needed to e(...)

Mário Centeno, Portugal’s finance minister, said Lisbon had agreed to table the extra deficit-reduction measures requested by Brussels, but added that he was ‘certain they will not be needed’. Photograph: Hugo Correia/Reuters.

An agreement by Portugal’s new Socialist government to draw up “Plan B” deficit cuts to ensure its “anti-austerity” budget complies with EU rules has (...)

Last August I spoke to someone in the political system who put the case – from the point of view of the Government parties – for calling a November ge(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said that voters should look to Portugal as an example of how “political instability leads to economic instab(...)

 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 (...)

Portuguese finance minister Mario Centeno presenting the 2016 National Budget Plan in Lisbon. Photograph: Manuel de Almeida/EPA

The European Commission approved Portugal’s 2016 draft budget yesterday after the new Socialist government promised to hike indirect taxes to meet EU (...)

A file image showing members of the German Navy watching the radar in the operations room of the frigate ‘Bayern’ in port at Limassol.  There is currently no comprehensive system to track shipments and cargos through EU ports and along its approximately 70,000km of coastline. Photograph: Getty

As Europe’s politicians struggle to control a deepening migrant crisis and staunch the rising threat of Islamist terrorism on their borders, little at(...)

The claimant must attend National Lottery headquarters in person to officially claim the prize but has 90 days from the date of the draw to do so. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Irish winner of Friday night’s shared €132 million EuroMillions jackpot will have to wait till the end of the week before the money is pooled from(...)

An elevated view over Biertan at sunrise

We bit the bullet and booked flights to Bucharest, Romania, for 16 days in July. We have three kids, aged 13, 11 and nine, who love walking, cycling,(...)

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who was elected on Sunday: the Portuguese president’s duties are mainly ceremonial, but he can veto laws and dissolve parliament. Photograh: Hugo Correia/Reuters

Portugal’s new centre-right president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has promised to work to unite a country divided by a fragmented political landscape a(...)