A trader on the NYSE. The main worry is another recession. All we know is that a slowdown is certain but what is utterly unknown is how many months or years that calamity lies in the future. It has become a cliché to repeat Nobel Laureate Paul Samuelson’s joke that markets predict nine out of five recessions.

Commentators are scrambling to provide explanations for market turmoil. They should be put out of their misery: nobody know’s what is driving the late(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel (centre) inspects the Wendelstein 7-x nuclear fusion reactor at the Max Planck Institut in northern Germany. Photograph: Bernd Wüstneck/AFP/Getty Images

German pride in its technological prowess was on display this week at an experimental fusion reactor in the northeastern city of Greifswald. Chancello(...)

Former English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson  and Peter O’Loughlin of Identity Ireland pictured at a press conference in Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Anti-Islamisation group Pegida, which was founded in Germany, will formally announce an Irish branch at a protest rally in Dublin next weekend. It is(...)

Placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (left) and his associate Gui Minhai (right)  outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

The wife of missing Hong Kong bookseller Lee Bo, who vanished last month and was believed to have been taken across the border by Chinese security off(...)

The ship carrying 20,000 German rifles and ammunition to be used in the Easter Rising, the Aud, was intercepted and scuttled by its crew.

British authorities seized German attaché Franz von Papen’s financial records confirming espionage activities in the US. These included records of 126(...)

Environmentalists urging a ban on coal-burning plants take part in a bicycle ride to show solidarity for the global movement for climate justice in Manila, the Philippines on Sunday, December 13th, 2015. Photograph: Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images

After the stomping and cheering died down, and the hugs and toasts ended, a question hung in the air as the climate conference came to a close: What d(...)

German vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel with  chancellor Angela Merkel. File photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Germany’s vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel urged Saudi Arabia on Sunday to stop supporting religious radicals amid growing concern among some legislator(...)

Mein Kampf: “At least with authoritative and objective contextual information, its republication will contribute to that education; it will also serve as a reminder of what a turgid, boring, rambling and terrible read it is.” Photo: Russ Juskalian/The New York Times

To publish or not to publish Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf? That is the question that has arisen at various stages since the end of the second World War a(...)

Armed police outside the stadium in Hanover in front of a board announcing the cancellation of the Germany-Netherlands  soccer match due to a security threat on November 17th. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Islamist terrorists planned to detonate three bombs at Tuesday’s Germany-Netherlands friendly soccer match in Hanover, according to a report based o(...)

Eamon Ceannt in 1916
Plans for a rising: Setting a date

By the autumn of 1915 Ireland appeared to be a haven of tranquillity in a continent tearing itself apart through war. Her economy boomed as Irish f(...)