British chancellor George Osborne’s fancy fiscal footwork in the Autumn Statement restored as the clear favourite to succeed David Cameron as prime minister. Photograph:  Andy Rain/EPA

With its double policy U-turn, fancy fiscal footwork, and political pirouettes, George Osborne’s autumn statement and spending review was a virtuoso d(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron chatting with Royal Navy personnel in London on Monday. Britain will invest an extra £12 billion in defence equipment over the next 10 years. Photograph: Reuters/Justin Tallis/pool

This week you are invited to believe in the strategic prowess of government. Yesterday, prime minister David Cameron announced Britain’s most anticipa(...)

CRH gained 1.07%  to close at €27.39 after more than 880,000 of its shares changed hands in Dublin

European stocks declined as commodity producers slid on a stronger dollar, with healthcare and leisure-related shares also falling. DUBLIN Index hea(...)

British prime minister David Cameron, who is expected to outline his plan for airstrikes on Isis in Syria. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

David Cameron will set out the case for British airstrikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria within days, in the hope of winning parliamentary ap(...)

British chancellor George Osborne: the data suggests he would need a huge improvement in tax revenues  to achieve his goal of bringing total public sector borrowing down. Photograph: Eric Piermon/AFP/Getty Images

Weak tax revenues from October have cast a dark shadow over George Osborne’s autumn statement next week and suggest the UK government will struggle to(...)

Angela Merkel the “indispensable European” for “defending Germany’s interests without losing sight of Europe’s”. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

Nigella Lawson is not a regular in this column, but she has a nose for trends and her latest trend is Germany. In a review of her latest show, I read (...)

British prime minister David Cameron outlines conditions for renegotiating the terms of his country’s membership in the European Union,  at Chatham House in London, on Tuesday. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/Pool via The New York Times

The publication of British prime minister David Cameron’s letter to European Council president Donald Tusk opens a critical phase in Britain’s attempt(...)

David Cameron speaks during the Confederation of British Industry’s annual conference in London on Monday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

David Cameron will insist that the drive for a change in the UK’s relationship with Brussels is not “mission impossible” as his reform agenda enter(...)

 British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivers a speech at Imperial College London’s White City Campus in London on Monday. Osborne announced plans to cut the budgets of four government departments by 30 per cent, while details of further government spending are due to be announced later this month. (Photograph: WILL OLIVER/EPA)

British finance minister George Osborne announced on Monday a wide-ranging set of government spending cuts as part of his ambitious plan to turn Brit(...)

UK chancellor George Osborne has been on a recent charm offensive in Germany. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

The publication of a report by the Economic and Social Research Institute suggesting that one-fifth of Anglo-Irish trade could be at risk in the event(...)