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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(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: ready to ditch a balanced budget? Photograph: EPA

News that the German government could ditch its balanced-budget rule and take on debt to stave off recession boosted European markets on Friday. DUBL(...)

Hungarian border guard officer Arpad Bella (centre) on August 19th, 1989, when more than 600 East Germans pushed their way past his men and into Austria. He chose not to shoot on the crowd and let them pass in one of the landmark moments of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Photograph: Tamás Lobenwein. Courtesy Paneuropean Picnic’ 89 Foundation

It is nearly 30 years since Arpad Bella, then a border guard officer in communist Hungary, made a split-second decision that nudged the course of hist(...)

Snow covered mountains rise above the harbour and town of Tasiilaq, Greenland. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Danes woke on Friday wondering if the calendar had been turned back to April 1st. News that US president Donald Trump had floated the idea of purchasi(...)

John Neilan in Berlin at his co-working space Tuesday

Working Abroad Q&A: Each week, Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. This week John Neilan, who is orig(...)

US president Donald Trump at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Thursday. Photograph: Elizabeth Frantz/Bloomberg

US president Donald Trump doubled down on his economic argument for re-election on Thursday night amid increasing concerns about a recession, declarin(...)

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler meets with the Vatican ambassador. File photograph: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

“We behold with sorrow,” wrote Achille Ratti (the new Pope Pius XI) in 1922, “society lapsing back slowly but surely into a state of barbarism.” Despi(...)

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