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IAG  says it expected capacity, basically the number of seats on its flights, to be around 45% of 2019 levels in the second half of the year. Photograph: Naoise Culhane

Aer Lingus parent International Airlines Group (IAG) is still struggling with the fallout from the Covid-19 crisis, which at one point last year effec(...)

Photograph: Tooga

We lament so much that is wrong with the world. It could be worse. Yes, even as we deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. For instance, there’s the Black De(...)

Donald Malarkey: the defining journey of his life was to take him back to Europe, and the battlefields of the second World War

A hundred years ago today, in the town of Astoria, Oregon, was born a man named Donald Malarkey. Astoria is where, back in 1806, the Lewis and Clarke (...)

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control warned against all but essential travel to much of Spain, including the holiday island of Ibiza. Photograph:  Zowy Voeten/Getty

Germany has tightened restrictions on returning travellers due to concerns that holidaymakers could fuel a fresh increase in Covid-19 cases, after Eur(...)

Lynn Embleton confirmed Aer Lingus could seek a second loan from ISIF to follow the €150 million it borrowed from the agency in two tranches across December and March. Photograph: iStock

Aer Lingus could seek a second loan from the State-backed Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) as it emerges from tough Government Covid-19 curbs,(...)

Members of  public  tested at pop-up Covid-19 clinic in Sydney, Australia. The stay-at-home orders for coronavirus-hit Greater Sydney and the surrounding area have been tightened. Photograph: Joel Carrett/EPA

Sydney’s poorest neighbourhoods on Friday braced for military enforcement of the city’s toughest and longest lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic as the (...)

Firefighters next to a damaged road after flooding in Schuld, Germany, earlier this month. Large parts of western Germany were hit by heavy, continuous rain, resulting in local flash floods that destroyed buildings and swept away cars. Photograph:  Sascha Steinbach/EPA
Where are the climate allies?

For those of us who are becoming increasingly conscious of the climate emergency, the recent stretch of warm weather and blue skies was difficult to (...)

Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson at the Global Education Summit in London on Thursday. Despite his bonfire of coronavirus regulations, almost everyone continues to wear face masks on the Tube. Photograph:  Tolga Akmen/WPA Pool/Getty Images

It’s a little later than usual, but one of the essential elements of summer life in London returns on Friday with the first night of the Proms at the (...)

Romania and Bulgaria have the lowest EU vaccination rates, with 31.5%  and 18.8%  of their respective populations having received at least one dose – well below the EU average of 69.7%  and Ireland on 85.1%. Photograph: Getty Images

Romania’s government has confirmed that it plans to start delivering coronavirus vaccines to Ireland in the coming weeks, rejecting fears that the dea(...)

Angela Merkel, like all post-war German leaders, walked a tightrope: knowing that demands around Europe for greater leadership from Berlin, if met, will trigger denunciations of German EU hegemony. Photograph: Michael Timm/ EPA

With Gallic gallows humour, French president François Mitterrand said of German unification in 1990 that he liked the country so much he “would prefer(...)

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