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Students take part in a rally to support EU integration in central Kiev on Thursday. Photograph: Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters

As political leaders gathered for dinner in the chilly Lithuanian capital of Vilnius yesterday evening, the joke circulating among officials was wheth(...)

“Once mass populations have been socialised into a powerful sense of national identity – as Germans, as Finns, or as Irish, for example – this is extraordinarily difficult to dislodge. To the extent that people’s loyalties are thus deflected from commitment to Europe, the construction of a powerful European superstructure is impeded. Yet, the process of institutional deepening has continued.”

For those familiar with research on the nature of nationalism, the evolution of the European Union represents something of a puzzle. As the institutio(...)

A bottlenose dolphin off Seapoint, Co Dublin yesterday. File photograph: Irish Whale and Dolphin Group

If it’s an ill wind that blows nobody good, it’s no wind at all that is nirvana for whale and dolphin watchers.The pod of dolphins caught on underwate(...)

A man walks behind the labour office sign of an unemployment center in Munich. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

German unemployment rose for a fourth month in November, signaling an uneven recovery in Europe’s largest economy. The number of people out of work cl(...)

Mozilla’s founder and president Tristan Nitot gives a speech in unfamiliar surroundings in Montpellier.

“This kind of place is pretty unusual for Mozilla, ” says the open-source web community’s principal evangelist, Tristan Nitot. Having just finished a (...)

Pat Rabbitte was at pains to emphasise that the process had been exhaustive with ‘significant international interest’

It is back to square one for the Government, in its attempt to sell off Bord Gáis Energy (BGE) for a “fair value”. The problem is nobody except the St(...)

Activists hold European Union and Ukrainian flags during a meeting to support EU integration at European Square in Kiev on Tuesday. Photograph: Sergei Chuzavkov/AP

Amid the dense, 177-page coalition agreement hammered out by Germany’s two largest parties in the early hours of yesterday morning, one detail in part(...)

Generali: The company, which manages almost €500 billion in assets, said it wanted to keep a stable exposure to equity and fixed income while upping its stake in high-quality real estate.

Italian insurer Generali is aiming to pay higher dividends to investors as its turnaround plan to cut debt through a string of asset disposals and hef(...)

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union leader Angela Merkel  arrives for marathon talks with the Social Democratic Party to thrash out terms for a coalition government  in Berlin last night. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel has clinched a coalition agreement with the Social Democrats that calls for a national minimum wage and pledges to inc(...)

  President Michael D Higgins in the greenscreen studio at the opening of the National Film School  in Dún Laoghaire yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Whether President Michael D Higgins needs so many advisers has become a talking point in political circles. On yesterday’s evidence, he would do just (...)

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