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After failing to secure the dismissal of ministers opposed to his policies, Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini  called for the winding up of his own government and early elections. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

Political crises are not unusual in Italy. So perhaps it is not surprising that the country may be facing a new election just 14 months after the form(...)

Irish-language protesters dressed in crocodile costumes. Photograph: Justin Kernoghan

Fifty years ago Northern Ireland was facing into an uncertain future with no notion of the horror ahead. Today there is no doubt the North is facing i(...)

A view of  the New York Stock Exchange on August 14th. Photograph:  REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Stock markets globally were glad earlier this week to see that Donald Trump wasn’t prepared to cancel Christmas. Equities, which have had a bumpy ris(...)

The latest official trade numbers show Irish goods exports fell in value by 14 per cent to €11.5 billion in June. Photograph: Alan Betson

The value of Irish exports fell by nearly €2 billion between May and June amid escalating trade tensions between the United States and China and furth(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: One MP said a vote of confidence in his government would have more chance of success later in October, as the reality of no-deal drew nearer. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via Reuters

Boris Johnson is preparing for a parliamentary battle against MPs trying to block a no-deal Brexit in the second week of September, as his cross-party(...)

 The slide in Irish consumer sentiment comes as British prime minister Boris Johnson says he is committed to taking Britain out of the EU by October 31st. Photograph: Will Oliver/Pool via Bloomberg

Irish consumer sentiment has slumped to a near five-year low amid signs the UK may crash out of the European Union without a deal. The latest KBC Ban(...)

Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson: A meeting between the two leaders is not expected until after the next G7 summit. Photographs: Francois Lenoir/Reuters and Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

A planned meeting between Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Boris Johnson will give both sides an opportunity to “gain a better unders(...)

Facebook chief executive  Mark Zuckerberg  testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in April 2018. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

As Democrats reeled from Donald Trump’s shock victory in the 2016 US presidential election, thoughts soon turned to who could take on the Republican p(...)

Minister of State for Financial Services  Michael D’Arcy said the European Union has moved the Brexit date on a number of occasions and he did not see any more flexibility being offered.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

The UK will leave the European Union in October without a divorce deal causing a severe economic shock that could leave countries such as Ireland requ(...)

The prospect of a no-deal Brexit has sent the pound tumbling against the euro and the dollar. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Sterling was stuck on Wednesday around its weakest levels since 2017, having matched a two-year low against the euro, as investors further priced in t(...)

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