Phil Hogan who was named as the EU’s next agriculture commissioner today. Photograph: Collins

Phil Hogan has been named as the next EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, marking the second time Ireland has secured the post foll(...)

US president Barack Obama: said that goal was to “degrade and destroy” Islamic State forces. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The words “Obama” and “gaffe” rarely appear together. The US president’s statements are carefully crafted, his words precisely chosen. He is as pol(...)

‘The Ukraine crisis has also prompted Ireland’s fellow EU neutrals Sweden and Finland to take a significant step closer to Nato membership in signing agreements to allow Nato deployment and training operations on their territory.’ above, The first session of the Nato summit  in Newport, south Wales. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

In truth Nato owes Vladimir Putin. Big time. While the alliance’s members would much rather he had not sent troops into Ukraine, in doing so, the Russ(...)

A satellite image from August 21st showing wha Nato says are self-propelled artillery at an undisclosed location inside Ukraine at the time the image was made. Photograph: DigitalGlobe/EPA 2:43

Russian forces are engaged in direct military operations inside Ukraine in a blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, Na(...)

Only one in 10 students was able to tackle the most complex financial tasks on the test.

Students in Shanghai in China have the highest financial literacy in the OECD, according to a new study. With a mean score of 603 points, they finishe(...)

Asked if the possibility of further EU sanctions on Russia,  German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said it “might be a debate to be continued at the next meeting of the European heads of state and government”. Photograph: Reuters/Alexander Demianchuk

EU leaders may consider imposing further sanctions on Russia at next week’s leaders’ summit in Brussels, German foreign minister Frank-Walter Stein(...)

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDYHourly labour costs in Ireland fell by 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year, bucking a euro area-wide trend of rising wage(...)

In a word

Midsummer is upon us. Okay, okay, let’s pretend. It is actually almost upon us by date, usually given as June 21st but more traditionally celebrated o(...)

Winning combination: Michael, Robert and William Dunlop at the Mid Antrim 150 in 2007

At the annual International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy), motorcycles reach speeds of about 200 mph on twisting, narrow open roads. The festival, w(...)

The “Golden Age” for European companies in China is over, the EU Chamber said as it launched a gloomy report on the business climate in the country(...)