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Ryanair, in line with the  travel and leisure space generealy, had a remarkable day, finishing up nearly 4 per cent. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Global equity markets and crude oil rose yesterday as investors snapped up riskier assets at the start of a new quarter after data showed US manufactu(...)

Listening to friends

John Kerry was not formally confirming or denying anything. But the US Secretary of State yesterday as good as admitted that, shock, horror, yes, the (...)

US secretary of state John Kerry arrives for a news conference during the 46th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Foreign Ministers Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan. Photograph: Ahim Rani/Reuters.

Nearly all national governments, not just the United States, use “lots of activities” to safeguard their interests and security, US secretary of state(...)

The banking industry’s poster boy from hell: Anglo Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm (left) and chairman Seán Fitzpatrick at the bank’s 2006 AGM. Photograph: Alan Betson

It is hard to avoid writing about the the Anglo Irish tapes. So much has been written already already and apparently there is more to come. But, de(...)

BlackBerry, the Canadian smart phone maker,  fell 25 per cent to $10.82 after reporting a quarterly loss and lower-than-projected sales. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Most European shares fell yesterday marking the close of a volatile quarter with their first monthly loss in over a year, as investors worried about (...)

Chief executive Myles Lee (left)  and chairman Nicky Hartery at the CRH agm, held in Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin, in May. The building materials group was down slightly yesterday by 0.03 per cent to €15.55. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

World equity markets and bonds gained yesterday, showing further signs of stabilising from a dramatic sell-off as investors’ view strengthened that ma(...)

French president François Hollande: As tensions continue between France and the European Commission on Brussels’ handling of the crisis,  he  reiterated the need to tackle “growth and jobs” ahead of the summit, adding that it was “what Europe expects. Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

EU leaders pledged last night to intensify the campaign against unemployment as they seek to refocus their attention away from crisis management towa(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a government statement on European policies  in Berlin  yesterday. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters

Twelve months ago, Italy’s then prime minister Mario Monti emerged into the Brussels dawn after another round of bad-tempered summit talks. In Monti’s(...)

Ernie Els is congratulated by Thomas Bjorn on Eichenried’s  18th. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

If you follow a gruelling test of your golfing skills with a less stringent examination, the chances are you will find the challenge a lot less stress(...)

A number of senior MEP’s have accused Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore of prematurely claiming that agreement had been reached on the so-called Multi-Annual Financial Framework last week

The Government was under mounting pressure last night to secure agreement on the EU’s seven-year budget ahead of an emergency meeting with top EU o(...)

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