A delegate at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, England. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Your job is never easier, your colleagues never kinder, your worries never more trivial, than when you imagine life as Theresa May. Since the electio(...)

Ireland could become a leader in climate action, according to an energy expert. File photograph: Kamal Kishore/ Reuters

Ireland is overly dependent on “other people’s costly, polluting energy”, and yet has some the best energy resources available on its doorstep in form(...)

‘Varadkar has decided that the time has come to take  on Sinn Féin.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

When the Taoiseach accused Mary Lou McDonald of resembling Marine Le Pen because she always returns to a script, it may not have been the finest hour (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron attends an EU summit in Tallinn, Estonia. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Big events, big speeches and big ideas herald a return of scale and ambition to European politics. The German election, Juncker’s, Macron’s and May’s (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during an EU  summit in Tallinn, Estonia. Photograph: Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty Images

A week on from the federal vote, it’s out with the German election posters and in with the veils for the ritual mating dance. Grabbing power in Berli(...)

Billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has vowed to create a “spiritual successor” to the Defender following its withdrawal from production in January 2016.

Jaguar Land Rover is seeking to trademark the shape of the Land Rover Defender amid attempts by billionaire owner of Ineos, Jim Ratcliffe, to release (...)

British author Robert Harris: ‘We’ve fallen into this very simplistic kind of Churchillian myth.’ File photograph: Norbert Millauer/AFP/Getty Images

An unhealthy national obsession with the UK’s role in the second World War played a role in creating the conditions for Brexit, according to best-sell(...)

Former Hypo Real Estate chief executive Georg Funke, pictured in a Munich court in March 2017. The case was settled today. Photograph: Christof Stache / AFP

A decade after the multi-billion bailout of Hypo Real Estate (HRE) and its Dublin subsidiary Depfa, the court case against leading managers has collap(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “If you want those companies to generate in Europe it not through heavy taxes and more regulation”. File photograph Brian Lawless/PA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned fellow EU leaders that taxing digital companies too heavily would inhibit their development or drive them away. Mr(...)

Jakob Zitzow and Natasha Talos moved to Ireland in September 2017.

As new figures from the Central Statistics Office reveal that 84,600 people immigrated into Ireland in the 12 months to April 2017, the highest figure(...)