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German chancellor Angela Merkel and finance minister Olaf Scholz. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Some EU finance ministers have given short shrift to proposals from the European Commission to end unanimity voting on taxation. The ministers, meeti(...)

France’s minister for digital affairs described the men behind the Facebook group as ‘losers’. Photograph: iStock

A clique of French journalists has been accused of bullying female colleagues via social media. Six people have been suspended for their role in the (...)

 Leinster coach Stuart Lancaster: “The way the game played out I think England deserved it in the end.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Watching England’s victory over Ireland at the Aviva stadium, Stuart Lancaster tempered any emotional investment in the outcome by seeking refuge in t(...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani delivers his speech during a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, at the Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA

President Hassan Rouhani struck a defiant tone as millions of Iranians gathered in cities across the country to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the (...)

 French cartoonist, artist and illustrator Tomi Ungerer  died at the aged 87. File photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

Award-winning and internationally renowned artist and writer Tomi Ungerer has died at his home in west Cork aged 87-years-old over the weekend. Auth(...)

Ireland and England playing in the Guinness Six Nations championship at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Reuters

English rugby fans, who travelled to Dublin for the Six Nations opener against Ireland earlier this month, spent an average of €639 exclusive of trave(...)

So Graham Norton: the broadcaster’s new gin is made by West Cork Distillers in Skibbereen, near his Irish home

GN’s Gin Is there no end to Graham Norton’s talents? The TV presenter and author also has a hands-on involvement with winemaking. Sales of a sauvigno(...)

Pieces of evidence are displayed during the trial regarding the terrorist attack at the Jewish museum in Brussels, at the Brussels Justice Palace,  this week. Photograph:  Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Mehdi Nemmouche is on trial in Brussels until early March, accused of murdering an Israeli couple, a French volunteer and a receptionist at the Jewish(...)

Close up: Emmanuel Macron during a visit to Evry-Courcouronnes, France, this week. He has been one of the most vocal champions recently of greater separation between media and political power. EPA/Ludovic Marin/EPA

Last Monday, officials from the French prosecutor’s office turned up at the offices of Mediapart, an investigative news website based in Paris, and an(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney (centre) with members of the Friends of Ireland caucus inside the Ways and Means committee room in the US Capitol building in Washington on Thursday. Left, Irish ambassador to the US Dan Mulhall and, right, committee chairman Richard Neal. Photograph: Marty Katz

Within the wood-panelled walls of the Ways and Means committee room, on the second floor of the United States Capitol building, sits a sculpture of Wi(...)

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