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 German chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a party leadership meeting at the CDU headquarters in Berlin on Monday. Photograph: Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images

Angela Merkel promised to do things differently. Exactly 20 years ago the young East German-raised politician confided to photographer Herlinde Koelbl(...)

Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten pictured at a meeting with his Canadian counterpart Catherine McKenna in Toronto when he confirmed Ireland is to join the ‘Powering Past Coal’ alliance.

Ireland is to join an international alliance committed to accelerating the end of coal use for power generation and for other forms of energy. Ministe(...)

 Germany’s social democratic SPD party y wants to revisit issues blocked by Merkel allies the last time around: abolition of Germany’s two-tier, private-public health system and liberal migration controls. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Sunday’s Social Democrat (SPD) vote in Bonn to enter coalition talks was less of a yes than a “yes, but”. It grants acting chancellor Angela Merkel a (...)

SPD chief Martin Schulz: “Now we will try to unite the party after this tough discussion.” Photograph: Sascha Schuermann/AFP/Getty Images

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(...)

No plan B: the One Planet Summit is being held two years to the day since the landmark Paris accord on climate change was agreed. Photograph: Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty

France will push for a European financial-transactions tax to fund the fight against climate change, four French government ministers have said ahead (...)

The side-bet club had become an alliance of leading companies already investing in hydrogen value chain – 18 multinationals including Toyota, Alstom, BMW and Royal Dutch Shell. File photograph: Getty Images

The possibility of hydrogen as a fuel of the future has lurked in the background for years. Its merits as a clean, efficient fuel were indisputable bu(...)

Glacier researchers walk to the accumulation zone of Gueshgue glacier in Cordillera Blanca, Peru. Photograph: Tomas Munita/New York Times

As conspiracy theories go, this must rank as one of the more absurd. According to the Irish Farmers’ Association, the reason why Ireland is careering (...)

 Art installation titled ‘climate refugees’, by Danish artist Jens Galschiot at the COP23  Conference in Bonn. Photograph: Patrik stollarz/AFP/Getty

An important international meeting about climate change took place in Bonn, Germany earlier this month. Attended by more than 10,000 delegates, it rec(...)

The message from Bonn was that more and more countries were ramping up their actions to cut climate pollution, said Friends of the Earth Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Immense damage is being done to Ireland’s international reputation, “especially among developing countries and the more progressive European countries(...)

Ryanair headquarters, Dublin: the airline is one of a list of top Irish firms named and shamed for failing to report their greenhouse gas emissions. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Ryanair, PaddyPower Betfair, Permanent TSB and Independent News & Media are among a list of top Irish firms named and shamed for failing to report(...)

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