Thousands of people protest in downtown Barcelona on Tuesday. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

The Spanish government is to suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s president refused to abandon the push for independ(...)

Richard Branson and Rosanne Longmore of Coroflo with the breastfeeding device: the start-up plans to launch its device in Ireland  in the third quarter of 2018. Photograph:  Jonathan Syer

Coroflo, a Dublin-based medtech firm that has developed what it claims is the world’s first accurate breastfeeding monitor, has been valued at €4 mill(...)

Austria: a swerve to the right 1:22

It’s a measure of how the ground has shifted in Europe that the prospect of a party with neo-Nazi roots entering government in Austria has been widely(...)

Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat (left) and his head of communications Kurt Farrugia walk out of his office  to the jeers of  people protesting  the assassination of  journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in a car bomb attack, in Valletta, Malta. Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

Prime minister Joseph Muscat offered on Wednesday a major reward to anyone with information about the killing of prominent journalist Daphne Caruana G(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel leaves after  talks with potential coalition partners in Berlin on Wednesday. Photograph: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc and the pro-business Free Democrats described their first talks on building a coalition government(...)

 Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei at a meeting with Iranian elite students in Tehran, Iran, today. Photograph: Iran supreme leader website/EPA

Iran’s supreme leader has described Donald Trump as “mentally retarded” as he urged Europe to do more to back the 2015 nuclear deal, following the US (...)

Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Developmenton, said: “What becomes more obvious day-by-day is that the Brexiteers are hooked on brinkmanship – and have been since the beginning”. File photograph: Alan Betson

Britain’s so-called Brexiteers are “hooked on brinkmanship” and their only approach is “the tough-guy approach”, Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan (...)

Senator Catherine Noone, Chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, speaks during session this afternoon. Photograph: Oireachtas TV

The Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment has tonight voted not to retain Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution (another term for the amendment) i(...)

Brexit complexities could deliver a boon for corporate law firms in Dublin and add to the International Financial Services Centre’s  attraction as a base.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland may become a jurisdiction for trillions of euro of financial contracts, covering everything from currency to fuel and interest-rate hedging ag(...)

Workmen clear a tree that fell and took out power lines on the R703 between Thomastown and Graiguenamanagh, Co Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Thousands of homes and businesses remain without water and electricity on Wednesday as emergency responders battle to continue repairing the damage wr(...)