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This summer’s heatwave has caused problems for asthma sufferers and others with chronic respiratory problems caused by high pollen counts. Singing (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: “We have great data protection laws in Germany but if Facebook is based in Ireland, then Irish law applies. And so we need a unified European [data protection] regulation.” Photograph: Reuters/Johannes Eisele/Pool

German chancellor Angela Merkel has called for US internet companies based in Ireland, including Google and Facebook, to explain with whom they share (...)

Morrisons chief executive Dalton Philips: “We’ve been running a 21st century business on systems and infrastructure firmly stuck in the 20th century.” Photograph: Morrisons/PA Wire

From the top of London’s Centrepoint tower on a sunny day, you can see for miles, which is just as well when you are Dalton Philips, the Irish chief e(...)

Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday the ongoing Snowden controversy made clear that EU members should force US companies to explain what happens to user data when it leaves European computer servers

  The Government faces pressure from Germany this week to improve oversight of how Irish-based companies like Google and Facebook proce(...)

Youths protest during a rally organised by the opposition Social Democratic Party (SPD) on youth unemployment in Berlin. Latest polls show an anti-euro party expected to perform well in upcoming elections is struggling to gain traction as Germans focus about other issues. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Reuters.

Just three months since its launch in a blaze of publicity, Germany’s anti-euro party is failing to strike a chord with voters and is unlikely to fulf(...)

‘He hasn’t the dazzling exoticism of Michael Jackson. He doesn’t adopt the show business gymnastics of Mick Jagger. He doesn’t imbue himself with the (...)

A Bosnian woman cries beside the coffin of a relative, one of the 409 coffins of newly identified victims from the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, in Potocari Memorial Center, near Srebrenica today.  Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Bosnia reburied another 409 victims of the Srebrenica massacre today but, 18 years after Europe’s worst atrocity since the Holocaust, the country rema(...)

The Snowden affair has made  German politicians more concerned regarding what  information the Germany’s intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) releases to them. Photograph: Alexandra Winkler/Reuters

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing domestic pressure to demand a freeze on transatlantic data-sharing until Washington explains claims by Natio(...)

Apprentice plumbers competing in a national skills competition this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

The apprenticeship system of ‘learning while earning’ is internationally recognised as of key importance to developing the economy and reducing youth (...)

Mercedes is wading into a battle with the EU over the use of what are claimed to be illegal refrigerant chemicals in the air conditioning systems of i(...)

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