First Obama. Now Hollande. The temptation, when you are being thwarted by legislators, to rule by executive authority is catching. The Wall Street Jou(...)

French ambassador to Ireland Jean-Pierre Thébault attended the minute’s silence in the Dáil. Photo: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

A minute’s silence was observed by the Dáil in solidarity with the French people, following a series of statements condemning last week’s murders. The(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny meeting French president Francois Hollande at the Elysée palace on Sunday afternoon before the rally. Photograph: EPA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said reports that Ireland was being used as a hub by jihadis were being monitored carefully.Speaking at the Élysée Palace, where (...)

Heads of small and mid-size French companies attend a demonstration organized by the French CGPME (Confederation of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) employers groups to protest against government policy and what they see as excessive restrictions and charges.

Protests in France are normally synonymous with trade unionists, students, farmers and that bugbear of the holidaymaker, air traffic controllers. It i(...)

French World War two veteran Leon Gautier of the Kiieffer commando (left) and German veteran paratrooper Johannes Borner embrace as a sign of reconciliation during an international ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Allied landings on D-Day on Sword Beach in Ouistreham, in Normandy, France, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Ian Langsdon

It was a day of conflicting emotions, when world leaders celebrated immutable bonds while struggling to overcome the tensions of the moment. In(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore have made significantly different noises about potential spying by US authorities in Ireland and Europe. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The belated disclosure by the Government that it has raised with the United States the issue of spying by the National Security Agency in Europe an(...)

Keeping the ball rolling
  • Europe
  • October 26, 2013, 12:01

European Council meetings are often remembered more for the noises off that accompany any gathering of international political heavyweights, than the (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel addressing the audience at the annual German Savings Banks Association meeting in Dresden last Thurday. A leaked French socialist party commission document referred to the “selfish intransigence of Chancellor Merkel, who thinks only of German depositors, Berlin’s trade balance and her electoral future”. Photograph: Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

After nine hours of debate, a French socialist party commission has agreed to excise an aggressive phrase regarding “the selfish intransigence (...)