A law passed last year by Spain’s government is wooing foreign entrepreneurs by  requiring them to have little more than a government-vetted business plan, health insurance and enough money to support themselves while living in Spain.

Last year, after more than a decade in Silicon Valley, Stacia Carr helped sell the company she was running and went looking for a change of pace. “The(...)

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is due to announce the three-year initiative this week (Photograph: Ian Waldie/Bloomberg)

The European Union is understood to be planning a €21 billion fund to share the risks of new projects with private investors. The new entity is design(...)

Recognising Palestine

Sir, – I suggest that Ireland and the rest of the European Union follow Sweden’s example in recognising the state of Palestine while there is still a(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: due to announce the three-year initiative in coming days. Photograph:  Paul Matthews/G20 Australia via Getty Images

The European Union is planning a €21 billion fund to share the risks of new projects with private investors, according to EU sources.The new entity is(...)

Google has made several attempts to settle the case since the EU opened a formal investigation in 2010, but none have been accepted. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

European Union MEPs seeking to combat what they consider anti-competitive behaviour by Google are considering calling for the breaking up of compan(...)

East Derry MP Gregory Campbell said Sinn Féin’s “dream of a 2016 united Ireland is now nothing short of an embarrassment”. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff Photographer

The East Derry MP Gregory Campbell who recently lampooned the Irish language in the Northern Assembly with his “curry my yogurt, a can coca coalyer” c(...)

 US secretary of state John Kerry (left), EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Catherine Ashton (centre) and Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif (right ), during the talks on Saturday night. Photograph: EPA

World powers and Iran are struggling overcome the differences preventing them from ending a 12-year standoff over Tehran’s atomic ambitions, raising(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he was confident Irish Water would pass the so-called market test when the European Commission examined the new structure unveiled by the Government this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

The Department of Social Protection is considering hiring more staff to administer the new €100 water conservation grant announced as part of the rev(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden has visited Kiev on the anniversary of the start of huge anti-corruption and pro-western protests, triggered by the decision of Ukraine’s then leaders to reject a landmark trade and political deal with the European Union. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

The United States and Nato have joined Kiev in condemning Russia’s alleged build-up of military forces in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, as the country m(...)

DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds told his party’s annual conference that as many as 12 Unionist MPs could return to Westminster in May’s general election. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Unionism could increase its representation from nine to 12 seats in next May’s Westminster general election, the DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds has tol(...)