France’s president Emmanuel Macron has promised to put digital taxation “at the top of the agenda” of the OECD ministerial conference next year. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will meet President Emmanuel Macron at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday morning for a broad survey of bilateral, European and (...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and French president Emmanuel Macron clashed in a discussion at the European Council last week over another idea favoured by France, a potential digital tax. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will discuss Brexit and the future direction of the European Union with French president Emmanuel Macron during their first bil(...)

Li Ganjie,  China’s minister for the environment: has promised a “fundamental improvement” in the environment by 2035. Photograph: Wu Hong/EPA

Cleaning up China’s notorious pollution was a major struggle, but environment protection minister Li Ganjie has urged people to be patient and said he(...)

 A view of a ‘Legacy?’ wristband worn by players during Old Belvedere’s match with  Blackrock on Sunday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Rugby Players Ireland (RPI) are to represent the women’s national squad in their dispute with the IRFU. This follows a letter from the Ireland squad (...)

People wave Catalan independence flags at a demonstration in Barcelona on Saturday. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

If the EU tries to stop its constituent economies going global, I surmise from working trips to Milan and Amsterdam that it is terrible at it. These c(...)

“The harvest festivals of my youth have been overtaken by something closer to a festival of waste that celebrates disposable plastic decorations, single-use kids’ costumes and enormous buckets of sweets, each one in its own little unrecyclable cellophane wrapper.” Photograph: David Sleator
Halloween is a load of rubbish

What are you doing for Halloween? I know what I’ll be doing. As soon as the kids’ sugar slumps kick in and the face paint is packed away, I’ll be sitt(...)

Everyone knows elite competition is as much a mental test as a physical one and it has been the basis for a sustained campaign by chess authorities for inclusion in the Olympics.  Photograph: Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for World Chess by Agon Limited

It’s conker season so here’s an old chestnut – is chess a sport? And if it isn’t, how come darts gets under the sporting umbrella? Sure it’s a test of(...)

Johnny Sexton returns to the Leinster XV for the trip to play Glasgow Warriors. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Glasgow Warriors v Leinster, Scotstoun Stadium, 1pm, Sky Sports Action Nobody is thinking about Ireland - besides that gang of hard nosed men led by (...)

Travel tip: Always pay on your cards in the local currency. Photograph: Getty

It’s always great to get an insider tip when travelling, something that uncovers that must-see but barely known attraction or the amazing cheap-as-chi(...)

Andrew Trimble:  will pop up from the blindside wing, taking passes inside or outside outhalf Christian Lealiifano. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

La Rochelle v Ulster, Stade Marcel Deflandre (3.15, Sunday, live on Sky Sports) Ulster’s team selection reveals a little of their mindset, or more (...)