The bill for Ireland could run into the hundreds of millions, according to  Exane BNP Paribas. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Ireland could have to pay hundreds of millions in compensation to tobacco giants if plain packaging is introduced, according to Exane BNP Paribas. The(...)

Rice growing in India. New Delhi is unhappy with the progress of talks on food security

The Indian government is threatening to block the implementation of a deal struck in Bali last year by trade ministers from around the world, in a mov(...)

Flying the flag: ‘Fantasy’ politicians may propose in opposition what it would be impossible for them to deliver were they in government. Photograph: Reuters

Politics does not need to be false and full of hypocrisy: it is the pressure of our current moment that makes it so. We profess a belief in the power (...)

The Republic will be the focus of massive attention to see whether it comes up with a workable formulation of this latest anti-smoking measure: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Despite yesterday’s landmark Cabinet decision, it is likely to be some years before plain packaging on tobacco products becomes a reality.Aside from t(...)

What the first World War had not done, the Great Depression, Nazism and the second World War did. By the time of D-Day the world economy had disintegrated. Photograph: EPA/Jamie Peters

This year is the 100th anniversary of the start of the first World War, the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the 25th anniversaries of the collapse of th(...)

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(...)

Ian Paisley jnr requested a meeting with the Taoiseach and Ministers to discuss his concerns. Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire

Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley jnr lobbied the Government against its plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, claiming it would m(...)

A vendor waits for customers at a vegetable wholesale market in Hefei, Anhui province: China’s economic slowdown is delaying investment in the country. photograph: reuters

Problems with accessing the Chinese market and slower economic growth means US firms are planning to invest less in China, the American Chamber(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore talks to the media after his meeting with French president Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Yoan Valat

Ireland’s diplomatic corps has been an “essential part” of efforts to restore the State’s international reputation and economic recovery, the D(...)

 Ukraine’s border guard service announced that all its vessels have left Crimea, and Crimea’s naval ports are now under the control of Russian forces. Photograph: Reuters

I Russia is applying trade pressure on Ukraine in a stark reminder of its power to undermine its neighbo(...)