Catalan leader Artur Mas said staging of the referendum itself had been a triumph that Spain should let Catalonia emulate. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

The Spanish government yesterday warmly welcomed Scotland’s decision not to secede from the UK, just hours before the northeastern region of Catalonia(...)

Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen (right) with British prime minister David Cameron. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/PA Wire

The European Union, Nato and a host of international countries gave a strong welcome to the Scottish referendum result yesterday.European Commission (...)

After the referendum defeat, Alex Salmond said it was time for a new leader who could now take the devolution process forward. Photograph: PA 1:47

For Scottish leader Alex Salmond, the journey started with tales from his granddad about repelling the English invaders in the 14th century. It ended (...)

Catalunya’s separatist supporters wave ‘Esteladas’ (Catalan separatist flags) supporting Scotland’s independence during FC Barcelona’s Champions League soccer match against Apoel Nicosia at Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona this week. Photograph: Albert Gea

Spanish political leaders hailed Scotland’s rejection of independence, a vote that dealt a blow to separatists in Spain’s own northeastern region of C(...)

Jose Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – “the OECD BEPS   process is the greatest change to the global taxation system since it was established ..,” writes Feargal O’Rourke ( Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg)

In the context of tax policy, we are in a golden era for people operating in this space, the likes of which I do not expect to see again in my lifetim(...)

Samples of standardised plain cigarette packaging. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Italy has objected to Ireland’s plain tobacco packaging proposals on the day of the deadline yesterday for European Union countries to lodge their con(...)

European privacy regulators have agreed a common approach to dealing with complaints made arising from the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union last May.

European privacy regulators have agreed on criteria for judging appeals for the so-called “right to be forgotten”, for when search engines such as Goo(...)

Prof Yvonne Galligan of Queen’s University Belfast is chair of Fianna Fáil’s Markiewicz Commission, which has been asked to address the under-representation of women. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has been urged to take the lead on gender balance in the next general election and field a higher proportion of strong women candidates th(...)

Members of the VistaMed syndicate from Rooskey, Co Leitrim celebrating their lotto win for 2 million in 2013. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A lucky 13 in a syndicate of call-centre workers from Inishowen in Co Donegal are celebrating sharing more than €4.8 million.Staff at a Malin Head ins(...)

A pro-Yes motorcyclist trails the saltire flag and the lion rampant flag of Scotland while riding through the town of Kilmarnock in Scotland yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Robert Perry

The referendum on Scottish independence has deep implications not only for the future of the British union, but also for the union of 28 countries tha(...)