Better Together leader Alistair Darling (L) and first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond debate over Scottish independence at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow yesterday. Photograph: David Cheskin/Reuters/Pool

Alex Salmond lost the first TV debate earlier this month by a country mile, yet the Yes side in Scotland’s independence referendum campaign nudged a l(...)

Murdoch and the politicians
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Stories in this book make the reader take a sharp intake of breath. Stories of tabloid excess, of bribery and hacking, of bullying and illegality. One(...)

A session of the Scottish parliament, sitting in Glasgow, in 2000. The Conservatives currently hold 15 seats in the parliament. Photograph:  David Cheskin/PA

A few hundred Conservatives met in the Edinburgh International Conference Centre in March, surrounded by crowd barriers manned by police.Such security(...)

In all, 9,000 of the gull-winged DeLorean car were manufactured at the plant in southwest Belfast.

Barrie Wills, a former purchasing executive at the failed DeLorean car plant in southwest Belfast, has issued an appeal for surviving employees of th(...)

Katharine Hamnett meets then British prime minister Margaret Thatcher while wearing a T-shirt that bears the slogan ‘58% don’t want Pershing’
Trending: Slogan T-shirts

Trends are intransigent and fleeting. They will never change and will disappear before you know it. To wit, the slogan T-shirt. Ever since the glor(...)

REFILE - CORRECTING DATE  The advert taken out by British tabloid newspaper The Sun (R), that defends Britain’s right to govern the Falkland Islands, is published on page 5 of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald in Argentina January 4, 2013. Britain rejected calls on Thursday from President Fernandez for talks over the disputed Falkland Islands after she wrote an open letter to Prime Minister David Cameron. Britain and Argentina fought a 10-week war in 1982 over the remote South Atlantic islands, which are part of Britain’s self-governing overseas territories and are known in Argentina as Las Malvinas. Photograph: REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

FIFA has fined the Argentine Football Association 30,000 Swiss francs (€24,689) as punishment for the displaying of a provocative banner relating to t(...)

Former minister for European affairs Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The shortcomings of the European Union do not warrant the “visceral criticism” heard about it so often, former minister for European affairs Lucinda C(...)

Former British prime minister Tony Blair said “no political philosophy today will achieve support unless it focuses on individual empowerment, not collective control”. Photograph: PA

Former British prime minister Tony Blair warned Labour leader Ed Miliband to stick to the middle-ground of politics, saying that voters hurt by the ec(...)

Tourists look at a wax figure of German chancellor Angela Merkel in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin yesterday.  Madame Tussauds wax museum put the figure on public display to mark Ms Merkel’s 60th birthday on Thursday. Photograph: Wolfgang Kumm/EPA 0:31

A decade ago, when Angela Merkel turned 50, the birthday girl’s party guests were treated to a surprise. Not a singer or, heaven forbid, a stripper, b(...)

German players Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Erik Durm, Benedikt Hoewedes and Thomas Mueller (L-R) play air guitar during celebrations in Berlin to mark the team’s World Cup victory. Photograph: Reuters/Thomas Peter 1:49

The sun set on Germany’s summer fairytale yesterday when half a million people cheered the coronation of Kaiser Jogi Löw and his princes in Berlin.Aft(...)