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German chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: Dr Merkel has praised Hungary’s border guards for “showing the courage to place humanity above the rules” in 1989. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban have glossed over their differences and called for European unity as they ma(...)

The Bank of Japan’s decision to reduce rates to zero to reboot Japan’s flagging economy in 1999 was seen as radical at the time and looked on by US and European central bankers as a kind of Japanese idiosyncrasy, not to be tried anywhere else

This year, fittingly, marks the 20th anniversary of Japan’s zero interest rate policy (ZIRP). The Bank of Japan’s decision to reduce rates to zero to (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: ‘I want a deal. We’re ready to work with our friends and partners to get a deal, but if you want a good deal for the UK, you must simultaneously get ready to come out without one.’ Photograph: Simon Dawson/Pool/EPA

Prime minister Boris Johnson has told Taoiseach Leo Varadkar the Common Travel Area between Britain and Ireland will not be affected by the ending of (...)

The funeral of Emmy Eckert (5) was told on Monday  she was ‘so full of fun, joy and life’.

A pastor at a Baptist Church in Ballincollig, Co Cork has thanked the community for the support given to the family of a 5 year-old local girl who dro(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi: he  has signalled  that all options are on the table, including a potential restart of quantitative easing. Photograph:  Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach/File Photo

Euro area inflation was weaker than initially reported in July, raising pressure on European Central Bank policy-makers to consider more stimulus in S(...)

 Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen with manager Mauricio Pochettino. Photograph: Reuters

Mauricio Pochettino has described the decision to close the domestic summer transfer window in early August as a “massive mistake” and claims he has e(...)

Two paramedics tend to a migrant woman on board the Open Arms vessel, which is stranded off the Italian island of  Lampedusa. Photograph: Francisco Gentico/EPA

A Spanish charity operating a migrant rescue ship stranded off the coast of Italy has rejected an offer from Spain to dock in Algeciras, saying the mo(...)

Sterling doesn’t have the comfort of the dollar’s reserve status. Nor the resilience of the US economy. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sterling staged a minor rally this week, driven by speculation about a Corbyn-led government of national unity (GNU). That’s one sentence I never thou(...)

Ama Waterways offers an eight-day river cruise along the Danube.

Cruise control  River cruising is one of the fastest-growing areas in the travel industry, and also one of the more sustainable ways to see the (...)

Anthropologie: the American chain is opening a branch in Belfast. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

In the modern, multichannel shoppingscape, it is rare to hear shoppers sounding excited about a new store opening. Most brands can now be bought onlin(...)

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