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Chinese  president Xi Jinping during a visit to Huawei Technologies: Beijing’s leadership is driving national policies to build globally competitive companies but there is   no such vision  among   European leaders. Photograph: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg/Getty

My first job, after leaving University, was as a junior official in the European Commission in Brussels. It was 1983, and I joined the task force of t(...)

Privacy activist Max Schrems , whose new project, noyb, is gathering funding via a Kickstarter-like platform until January. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Max Schrems is at it again. Tomorrow Austria’s restless privacy activist will be in the High Court in Dublin for the latest round in his long-running (...)

 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(...)

More than one British academic has been suggesting  that the pressure from our EU partners to ease our position on the Border will be irresistible

No ifs or buts. “The Irish will decide when ‘sufficient progress’ on the Border has been made,” is what we are being told by sources close to the Brex(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: will meet with British prime minister Theresa May on Monday.  Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Irish Ministers and diplomats have embarked on a high-level round of contacts with the British government and their EU counterparts in an attempt to s(...)

The Taoiseach's forthcoming trip to Brussels for a crucial European Council meeting might just be the thing to buff up his tarnished halo. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Once more unto the breach... “Taoiseach, faced with implacable opposition, you will need to stand firm and not blink.” No, this wasn’t Frances Fitzg(...)

The Irish Stock Exchange has been in business since 1793. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A group of Irish stockbrokers are set to share €158.8 million through a deal to sell the Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) to Euronext, operator of the Paris(...)

UK Prime minister Theresa May is expected to formally present the breakthrough offer next week as part of package deal if agreement can be reached on the other issues of citizen rights and the contentious question of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic

Britain has bowed to EU demands and agreed to fully honour its financial commitments as identified by Brussels, removing one of the biggest obstacles (...)

Dermot Ahern, former TD and Minister for Justice, pictured in Blackrock, Co, Louth in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former minister for justice Dermot Ahern has said there is no alternative but for Frances Fitzgerald to resign if the Government is to avoid a general(...)

Nail-biting times: Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary has been getting a lot of flak lately, but it looks like what some thought were his wilder Brexit predictions (...)

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