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Olli Rehn: Two months ago, Europe’s commissioner for economic and monetary affairs  dismissed France’s seemingly exemplary fiscal policy. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

On Friday, Standard & Poor’s downgraded France. The move made headlines, with many reports suggesting that France is in crisis. But markets yawned(...)

Religion can often be a source of conflict in families, as Joyce’s fiction, and his life, showed. Photograph: Hulton Getty

The standard literature on the development of adolescents does not tend to profile teenage rebellion in respect of the faith commitments of their pare(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry today said he hoped an agreement to end a dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme would be completed within months. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters.

Iran will grant UN inspectors “managed access” to a uranium mine and a heavy-water plant within three months as part of a cooperation pact reached on (...)

Irish ambassador to Belgium Mr Éamonn Mac Aodha and General Sir Richard Shirreff, deputy supreme allied commander for Europe at the Remembrance Day Service of at St Symphorien Military Cemetery at Mons in Belgium. It was the first time an Irish ambassador has participated in the ceremony.

in Mons, BelgiumHundreds of people gathered in the cold winter sunshine near Mons in southern Belgium yesterday to pay tribute to men who died on both(...)

Georges Braque. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Was Picasso the misfortune of Braque?” asks Brigitte Leal, the commissioner of the splendid Georges Braque retrospective at the Grand Palais. Picasso(...)

Frankfurt’s surprise
  • Europe
  • November 11, 2013, 01:00

The latest interest rate cut by the European Central Bank (ECB) is necessary and overdue –although wholly unanticipated by financial markets. Homeowne(...)

The sedimentation tanks at the Ballymore Eustace water treatment plant in Co Kildare.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The recent water shortage in Dublin is largely the result of a policy decision the government of the day enacted in 1997; this decision shifted the co(...)

New Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at the Gibson Hotel in Dublin this afternoon. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Let history record that we, Martin O’Neill’s first audience as Ireland manager, failed him. He came armed, not so much with gags but with wry observat(...)

British foreign secretary William Hague addresses the media outside the Intercontinental hotel on the third day of closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Geneva. Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Iran and six world powers remain divided on the third day of negotiations on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme, a senior Iranian negotiator said to(...)

France’s coach Philippe Saint Andre at yesterday’s captain’s run at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis near Paris ahead of their match against New Zealand.

Stuart Lancaster and the rest of the team building Fortress Twickenham will look to Paris this evening for a proper understanding of the task that lie(...)

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