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Wopke Hoekstra sits behind Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. Mr Hoekstra wrote that issuing joint debt via bonds risked undermining ‘incentives for sensible policy’. Photograph: EPA

Critics have accused the Netherlands of jeopardising the future of the European Union with its strident opposition to joint debt issuance in response (...)

The number of passengers carried on these flights would be low to allow social distancing, while craft would be disinfected, said Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Ryanair will offer a limited schedule from Cork and Dublin airports for a week from Friday as it keeps some links open for emergencies, according to t(...)

The sudden imposition of identity checks on Poland’s border with Germany caused a traffic jam of 60km along one of Europe’s major trade arteries.  Photograph: Rolf Schulten/Bloomberg

The coronavirus pandemic may be the greatest challenge the EU has ever faced. For now the virus has suspended the bloc’s totemic achievement: freedo(...)

President of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde: ‘Extraordinary times require extraordinary action.’

Eight minutes after Wednesday midnight in Frankfurt, European Central Bank (ECB) president Christine Lagarde took to Twitter to channel her own versio(...)

Supermac’s founder Pat McDonagh outside Supermac’s at the Galway Plaza. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Supermac’s impresario Pat McDonagh arrives slightly late for our meeting. There was a problem with his phone which caused him to drop in to the Kinneg(...)

Belgravia: the Battle of Waterloo happens offscreen.

When a woman in the 19th century, which is in the olden days, paraphrases a line written by LP Hartley in the 1950s, which is also the olden days, you(...)

Christine Lagarde (centre), ECB president, and vice president Luis de Guindos (left)  following a meeting of the ECB governing board  in Frankfurt. Photograph: Thomas Lohnes/Getty

European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde overruled objections from Germany and the Netherlands to adopt an historic “no-limits” commitment to(...)

 Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio  holding a press conference with a limited number  of reporters  at the Farnesina Palace in Rome. Photograph:  EPA/Ettore Ferrari

It was a black Thursday in Italy. The country was in lockdown. Coronavirus deaths were soaring. Hospitals were overwhelmed, with more patients than av(...)

A coronavirus  warning notice  at the European Council, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Brexit talks scheduled this week between European Union and United Kingdom negotiators will not go ahead to to the Covid-19 pandemic, a UK government (...)

Lufthansa are due to file their results, but the focus for aviation is on the immediate future

Monday, March 16th Results: Diaceutics, Trinity Biotech. Indicators: Irish imports and exports (Jan). Meetings: Eurogroup meeting. Diaceutics, th(...)

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