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 Facebook HQ in Dublin: Trade tensions between Europe and the US may increase with French tax initiative. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

France’s decision to strike out unilaterally and press ahead with plans for a 3 per cent digital tax on Facebook, Google and other US technology giant(...)

Finnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes  in action during the second practice session of the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Circuit. Photograph: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

Valtteri Bottas kept Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton off the top of the timesheets in practice for the Formula One leader’s home British Grand Prix (...)

US president Donald Trump: Washington has threatend to retaliate with sanctions. Photograph:  Evan Vucci/ AP

The imposition of an EU-wide digital tax on Facebook, Google and other US technology giants has the potential to reduce Ireland’s corporate tax take,(...)

Poster for the fifth international Flann O’Brien conference, which starts on Tuesday and will involve several days of non-stop talking by academics and other Flannoraks, from at least four continents. 

If you’re hoping to experience what Patrick Kavanagh called “the tremendous silence of mid-July” anywhere in Dublin next week, then, thanks to one of (...)

Arthur Ryan, second from left,  and Alma Carroll at the opening of Primark’s store in Boston in 2015, alongside Mayor Martin Walsh and  Primark chief executive Paul Marchant. Photograph: Josh Reynolds

Leading business figures yesterday paid tribute to Arthur Ryan, who led Penneys-Primark from just one store on Dublin’s Mary Street to a global fashio(...)

Nicky Byrne, Markus Feehily, Shane Filan and Kian Egan. Photograph: Mike Lewis Photography/Redferns

The year is 2019, the location is Croke Park and Westlife are celebrating 20 years of hits (even though they were inactive for six of those) on their (...)

‘Grid girls’ pose during the Dutch MotoGP qualifiers in June 2019 in Assen. Photograph:  Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

Two high-profile sports stories in the Netherlands this week are reminders that although the march towards equality of the sexes may appear unstoppabl(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: will formally appoint members of the council heading  the new organisation that will take over the academy of science’s 15 research institutes. Photograph:  Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/EPA

Hungary’s government is poised to tighten control over the country’s venerable academy of sciences, in what critics call another attack on academic fr(...)

An estimated 188 million parents worldwide say their children are unvaccinated. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Trust in vaccines – one of the world’s most effective and widely-used medical products – is highest in poorer countries but weaker in wealthier ones w(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban wants to put a new state council in charge of the academy’s research institutions and their work. Photograph: John Thys/Reuters

Hungary’s nationalist government has defended plans to tighten control over the country’s respected Academy of Sciences and accused critics of “hyperv(...)

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