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Summer solstice in Helsinki, Finland – the happiest country, according to the UN’s latest happiness report, for the second year running. Photograph: Heikki Saukkomaa via Reuters

Money can’t buy you happiness. How many times was that drilled into you as a child? But have a look at the latest UN Happiness Report. The top 20 coun(...)

British prime minister Theresa May does have a chance of persuading the 10 DUP MPs to change their minds through actions taken in London rather than on the continent. Photograph: Reuters/Henry Nicholls

MPs on Thursday will face a clear choice: pass Theresa May’s Brexit deal by next Wednesday or face a lengthy extension of the article 50 deadline. D(...)

Carnival parade in the streets of Aalst: the raucous three-day Belgian carnival is  formally recognised by Unesco.  Photograph: Jonas Roossens/AFP/Getty

Aalst’s parade of floats on the Sunday before Lent is above all about causing offence and shamelessly pillorying the powerful. Copious quantities of d(...)

Migrants wait for medical assistance at a migrant facility in Bihac in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Photograph:  Darko Bandic/AP

Amnesty International has said the European Union is complicit in Croatia’s “unlawful and frequently violent” treatment of asylum seekers arriving fro(...)

Manfred Weber, above, said Orbán must end the poster campaign and his harsh anti-EU rhetoric. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Getty Images

Hungary’s ruling nationalists still face possible expulsion from the European People’s Party (EPP), which includes Fine Gael, after inconclusive talks(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: “I think one of the negatives of Ryanair is its association with me.” Photograph: Yves Herman

In a rare moment of introspection, Michael O’Leary admitted his combative reputation has been a negative distraction for the airline. He attributed (...)

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Ah Josephine. Not tonight? On this day in 1796 Napoleon married his Josephine only to do a Henry VIII on it when she couldn’t produce an heir. But Jos(...)

Michael O’Leary: I’m an easy person to target

Michael O’Leary, chief executive of low-cost carrier Ryanair, said his combative reputation has been a negative distraction for the airline and was pa(...)

A  2018 billboard showing Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orban, which reads, “First he just wanted to take our money, now the unity of Europe is at stake”, outside the European Parliament in Brussels. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán’s nationalist Fidesz party is sending mixed signals on whether it will respond with compromise or confrontation (...)

Jysk is often seen as a competitor for Ikea, but with medium- rather than mega-sized outlets

Competition in the growing homeware and furniture sales market is hotting up with the arrival of Danish home retail group Jysk which plans to open 20(...)

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