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French president Emmanuel Macron gives a statement at the Élysée Palace in Paris, France. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

When French presidents talk about Europe, their message often makes more sense if you substitute every reference to “European Union” with “France”. (...)

Brian O’Farrell: “The business culture in Germany is more formal and perhaps more serious than in Ireland.”

The 1980s were a gloomy time in Ireland. The economy was in dire straits, employment prospects were dreadful and thousands emigrated to find work. Br(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy:  will signal a number of changes to planning and development laws at the Irish Planning Institute conference in Dublin on Friday morning. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Shared accommodation aimed at young professionals is to be developed in cities as part of a Government effort to reduce the cost of renting. Minister(...)

Residents who support a united Spain give their farewell to Spanish police officer leaving the Pineda de Mar hotels in Barcelona. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

Most of today’s nations emerged from the dissolution of empires. Nationalisms now threaten the dissolution of states. The independence movement in Cat(...)

President Jalal Talabani talks to reporters in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2007. Photograph: AP Photo/Hadi Mizban

Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish former president of Iraq and its first non-Arab head of state, has died. He was 83. The leader of one of Iraq’s main Kur(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron attends an EU summit in Tallinn, Estonia. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Big events, big speeches and big ideas herald a return of scale and ambition to European politics. The German election, Juncker’s, Macron’s and May’s (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during an EU  summit in Tallinn, Estonia. Photograph: Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty Images

A week on from the federal vote, it’s out with the German election posters and in with the veils for the ritual mating dance. Grabbing power in Berli(...)

Post-Brexit EU: there are worrying signs that the Government has not begun to grapple seriously with strategic questions. Photograph: iStock/Getty

As potentially one of the biggest economic shocks to hit Ireland in 50 years, the UK’s impending departure from the European Union is naturally the Go(...)

Robert  Curgenven in St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria

When you enter CIT’s Wandesford Quay gallery in Cork, there is a maze made of black fabric. Inside the maze, voices speak over one another: tongue-twi(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. The company said it expected its guidance for profit after tax would stay unchanged at between €1.4 billion and €1.45 billion. Photograph:  Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Ryanair has moved to quell unrest at the airline by raising the base pay of many of its pilots from the beginning of October and withdrawing threats t(...)

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