German chancellor Angela Merkel has said she wants to see rapid progress at the EU meeting today. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks and their ability to finance Moscow’s faltering economy in its most serious sanctions so far(...)

The Garda Ombudsman office at Abbey Street Upper in Dublin. ... the investigation into its alleged bugging was carried out by a private British firm.  Time to develop our own capacity?  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

Angela Merkel’s old mobile phone is an icon of our time. A Nokia 6210 Slide – it was accessed and monitored by the US spy agency the National Security(...)

A generation has grown up never having had the pleasure of a crystal clear line.

Technology, we generally accept, improves and advances the quality of life. “Vorsprung durch Technik” (advancement through technology), as our frie(...)

David Cameron: seen as making a strong case for Britain staying in the EU

The Government must be “very careful to avoid expressing views” on the question of Scottish independence, according to internal Department of Foreign (...)

German chancellorAngela Merkel can make daring leaps if they are politically opportune. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel spent the weekend packing for her summer holidays: walking shoes, sun cream and encrypted mobile phone. Distrac(...)

 Refrigerated train cars holding the bodies of passengers from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17  at the train station  in Torez, Ukraine. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images.

Ukraine has accused separatist rebels of hiding evidence that a Russian missile was used to shoot down a Malaysian airliner, while Britain said Moscow(...)

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a key figure in Germany’s triumph,  with  the World Cup trophy after last Sunday’s victory in Rio. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

As the World Cup begins, Joachim Löw is the longest-serving manager in the tournament, but he’s still pondering a question that probably should hav(...)

A pro-Russian separatist stands at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region today. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters.

Ukraine has accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels of destroying evidence to cover up their guilt in the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner that has(...)

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(...)