Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel takes a forceful strong line against any lifting of the Syrian arms embargo. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule (Reuters)

A demand by France and Britain to ease the Syria n arms embargo to provide weapons to the rebels ran into resistance at the su(...)

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(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with British prime minister David Cameron and Tourism Ireland chief Niall Gibbons in London yesterday. Photograph: Shane O'Neill/Fennells

The responsibility for “socialising the costs of private failure” which led to the Irish taxpayer facing a €64 billion banking debt was “in the fir(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has toughened Ireland's demand for concessions from the European Union on the debts sustained by the Irish taxpayer from t(...)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern speaking in the Dail.

The pensions paid to former taoisigh Brian Cowen and Bertie Ahern rank among the highest in Europe, according to data compiled by (...)

Britain’s Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, delivers his keynote speech at the party’s spring conference in Brighton yesterday. Photograph: Luke MacGregor

During a fiery debate, one of the leading opponents to the legislation, Jo Shaw, a former party Commons candidate, said the party’s lead(...)

Liberal Democrats’ leader Nick Clegg (centre) listens to speeches as he sits between chief secretary to the secretary Danny Alexander (left) and schools minister David Laws at the party's spring conference in Brighton today. Photograph: Reuters

The Labour Party in Britain would win a majority of 84 seats in the House of Commons if an election were held tomorrow, according to new pollin(...)