Soldiers of the 5th London Rifle Brigade with German Saxon regimental troops at Ploegsteert Wood during the Christmas Truce in 1914. Photograph:  Popperfoto/Getty Images

On the Western Front on December 24th 1914, thousands of soldiers from the British Expeditionary Forces, which included men from all parts of the i(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker gives a press conference on Luxembourg leaks. He said said he had no involvement in the deals during his time as finance minister or premier of Luxembourg. Photo: EPA

The disclosure of thousands of pages of confidential documents on Luxembourg tax deals by The Irish Times and other members of the International Conso(...)

Construction cranes over London: senior workers in the city’s financial services sector are expecting to see bigger bonuses this year

Senior workers in London’s financial services sector are expecting on average a 21 per cent rise in their bonus payouts for this year, despite pressur(...)

American plane  at Shannon: Dermot Ahern, minister  for foreign affairs from 2004 to 2008, said Ireland was one of the first countries to raise concerns with the Americans about whether Shannon was  used as a refuelling stop by CIA-leased aircraft to transfer al-Qaeda suspects and other detainees around secret prisons in eastern Europe and Asia and to Guantánamo. Photograph: James Horan/Press 22

The government received assurances directly from US president George W Bush and his national security adviser Condoleeza Rice that Shannon Airport was(...)

US president Barack Obama has rejected the charge that he has been outmaneuvered by Russian president Vladimir Putin and said that Mr Putin was presiding over “a huge economic contraction” due to the Ukraine crisis. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg.

US president Barack Obama has rejected the charge that he has been outmaneuvered by Russian president Vladimir Putin and said that Mr Putin was presid(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin (R) with defence minister Sergei Shoigu at a meeting at the National Defence Control Centre in Moscow on Friday. Photograph: Alexey Druzhinyn/EPA.

Russia will not be intimidated over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea, president Vladimir Putin said on Saturday as his foreign ministry warned that (...)

A triple crisis has assailed Russia this week. The rouble tumbled against the dollar on international exchanges, the price of oil – its major export –(...)

Luxembourg’s prime minister Xavier Bettel commenting on the tax debate in Brussels  said  “everybody is now in the same boat”. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The surprise announcement by the European Commission that it is to extend its request for information on tax rulings to all European Union member stat(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel told the Bundestag that Ireland was a good example of how the economic approach pushed by Berlin could bear fruit. Ireland had “followed consequentially the path of reform” and was now “growing strongly, attracting investment with unemployment dropping step by step”, she said. “This shows what decisive action can achieve.” Photograph: Reuters

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has welcomed the move by the European Commission to extend a request for information on tax rulings to all 28 EU member states, a(...)

“If I have the opportunity on the next occasion to appoint a cabinet, it will be a 50:50 on merit, of men and women,” Taoiseach Enda Kenny told  political correspondents at Leinster House. Photograph:  Eric Luke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to have an equal number of women as men in cabinet if Fine Gael is returned to power after the next general electi(...)