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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) is applauded after she was re-elected   at the Bundestag in Berlin. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s parliament has elected Angela Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor, putting an end to nearly six months of political drift in Europe’s b(...)

Eva Illouz: ‘When you look at the women he (Trump) has been with, including a porn star, it is really about the crude exchange of money for sex and beauty.’ Photograph: Thomas Haley

The US-educated, Franco-Israeli sociologist Eva Illouz has established a reputation as the sociologist of love, sex and power. Her book, Cold Intimaci(...)

Logistics space: most in-demand property asset class in Europe. Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Industrial and logistics assets are the most sought-after real estate class for European investors, according to CBRE’s annual Europe, the Middle East(...)

From April 19th Panda  will charge 80 cents per lift of recycling bins and 4.5 cents per kg of waste in green bins. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

Ireland’s largest waste company Panda has introduced green bin charges for mixed dry recyclables it collects from more than 250,000 homes and commerci(...)

EU finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici said Europe must “act fast” to secure a common approach to digital tax”. Adding that he expects Ireland to pay a positive role in the negotiations, despite its reservations. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Paschal Donohoe and other EU finance ministers have sharply criticised EU finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici, as tensions rise before next week’s b(...)

Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels last week. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

It’s no secret that Irish judges have looked askance at the steady erosion of the independence of their Polish counterparts. In April last year, the A(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar takes questions from the floor after giving a foreign policy speech at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC on day three of his visit to the US.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has sought to assure unionists that Ireland has “no hidden agenda” as he called on them to get behind efforts to break the poli(...)

 British ambassador to Russia Laurie Bristow  was summoned to the Russian foreign ministry amid escalating tension over the alleged poisoning case. Photograph: EPA/Yuri  Kochetkov

As Tuesday night’s deadline approached, nobody in Westminster expected Russia to offer any explanation of last week’s attack in Salisbury that would s(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar leaving a meeting with Texas governor Greg Abbott   in Austin  on Sunday. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

PAT LEAHY The annual exodus of Government ministers and officials for St Patrick’s Day Day events is well underway with the United States, as usual, (...)

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Air traffic handled by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) rose by 1.7per cent year on year in February, reaching more than 73,000 movements, new data (...)

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