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The Confederation of British Industry   is expected to call for the future EU-UK relationship to be firmly based on established existing shared rules which already support millions of jobs and communities across Europe

The UK’s Brexit policy continues to be shaped by domestic political concerns, not economic considerations, and “we all stand to lose out as a result”,(...)

Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democrat Party (SPD), speaks during a party conference in Bonn on Sunday. Photograph: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg

Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz made an impassioned appeal to his party on Sunday to give the go-ahead for formal coalition talks with Chancello(...)

Central Bank of Ireland governor Philip Lane (left) with deputy governor Sharon Donnery. Both are tipped for key roles with the European Central Bank. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government is facing an interesting game of poker, as a string of top jobs come up at the European Central Bank over the next two years. The first(...)

Mark O’Halloran and Pat Shortt. Photographs: Alan Betson and Brian McEvoy

When did you last cry? Mark: I’m a great person for crying at films, I have to say. Pat: Yeah Mark: I love when that happens because it means you’r(...)

A driverless Mercedes-Benz car. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

I managed to get the replacement car. It’s grand. It’s blue. But as I feared, it nags incessantly. It tells me to put on my seat belt, to change gear,(...)

Looking for a friend: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Brussels. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

Café Bazar in Salzburg may seem an unusual spot to consider Ireland’s future economic choices, but it could be a perfect place to start. After the Bri(...)

Ryanair’s chief executive Michael O’Leary last month agreed to recognise pilot trade unions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Global pilot unions are likely to discuss Ryanair’s pledge to recognise organised labour at a conference this spring. The airline reversed a long-sta(...)

The lamb carcass was slaughtered at a processing plant where a moderately elevated level of dioxin was subsequently found in a “composite sample” of 10 combined livers. Photograph: iStock

The discovery of a lamb carcass with an elevated dioxin level is being investigated by authorities. Both the Department of Agriculture and the Food S(...)

Brutalist wallpaper  is probably too much for a full room, but would make a striking and bold feature wall

Brutalism may not strike many people as a thing of beauty, though there’s a newfound respect for its sometimes breathtaking style. Surely it’s still a(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron welcomes German chancellor Angela Merkel at the Élysée Palace in Paris on Friday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

French president Emmanuel Macron received German chancellor Angela Merkel at the Élysée Palace on Friday to discuss what Mr Macron calls the “renaissa(...)

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