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Ready for take-off: the 6,350   working-holiday visas for Canada available to Irish people were allocated within two days. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

At the Working Abroad Expo in the RDS in Dublin this month, mechanics and plumbers lined up alongside bankers and nurses looking for informatio(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is attending emergency meeting on Cyprus bailput. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Finance ministers of the 17 euro-zone states gathered in Brussels for an emergency meeting this evening to finalise details of a bailout for Cy(...)

Gunnera: the gargantuan Chilean rhubarb-that-isn’t. Illustration: Michael Viney

Spring doesn’t work without rain. After 17 days without a drop – such magical mornings! – a first millimetre in the rain gauge offered hope to (...)

Hourly labour costs in the euro zone rose 1.3% in the last quarter of 2012. Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Inflation pressures in the euro zone are easing, data showed today, giving governments and central bankers more leeway for stimulus as the regi(...)

Online gaming group increases dividend by 10 per cent. Photograph:
Erik De Castro/Reuters
Bwin.party profits down 17%

Bwin.party Digital Entertainment posted a 17 per cent fall in 2012 profit, as it was hit by a new gaming tax in its core German market, and sai(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: the new biography suggests her grandfather was illegitimate. Photograph: Adam Berry/Getty Images

A new biography of Angela Merkel published yesterday has revealed that the German chancellor is one-quarter Polish, with a gra(...)

Orban, at it again

We’ve been here before. Hungary ’s conservative prime minister Victor Orban has form. In the past three years, despite protests from home and a(...)

Five Star movement leader and comedian Beppe Grillo speaks during a campaign   rally in Rome ahead of the election. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the launch of the most far-reaching economic reform package any major Europe an country has undertaken in (...)

NEW YORK TIMES : “With a puff of white smoke from the chimney of the Sistine Chape(...)

A  Free Syrian Army mortar attached to a car for pulling to the front line, to be used against forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad. Photograph:
Mohamed Kaddoor/Shaam News Network/Reuters

France and Britain will push for an urgent EU meeting to re-consider the embargo on arming the Syria n opposition. If unanimity cannot be reach, th(...)

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