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Brian Fitzpatrick, Oriel Marine Extracts

The 11th Irish Times Innovation Awards will be held on January 27th. Some 15 leading Irish companies have been shortlisted across five categories for (...)

Supporters of US president Donald Trump are confronted by police officers outside the Senate chamber inside the Capitol after storming the building. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo

It was a grimly fitting finale. How else to draw the curtain on the Trump presidency but with a violent, shambolic and ineptly executed storming of t(...)

Shoppers wearing protective masks crowd Ameyoko Street in Tokyo, Japan, on December 28th. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

Most of the global crises of the last century or so were at least instructive. The first World War discredited empires in favour of national self-dete(...)

A  building damaged in an earthquake, in Petrinja, Croatia, on Tuesday. Photograph:  AP Photo

An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck central Croatia on Tuesday, killing six people and injuring at least 20, and shook several neighbouring countri(...)

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban built border fences in 2015 to block mostly Muslim refugees and migrants, and defended what he called traditional Christian and European values. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

The European Union’s highest court has ruled that Hungary’s hardline asylum policy breaks EU law, adding to tension between the bloc and prime ministe(...)

Workers in protective suits disinfect against the spread of  Covid-19 at the Polish parliament headquarters in Warsaw. Photograph: Mateusz Marek/EPA

The Czech Republic has decided to reverse its relaxation of anti-coronavirus measures, as countries across central and eastern Europe that have been h(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a press statement following a phone call with Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson on Sunday. Photograph: EPA
Irish Times view on the EU summit

Emmanuel Macron’s verdict on last week’s EU summit may surprise those who the saw the Brexit talks deadlock as Europe’s defining challenge. “This summ(...)

People’s attention may have been elsewhere – the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines or the Brexit negotiations – but this has been a week that will set the (...)

Viktor Orbán, Hungary’s prime minister, greets Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, during a roundtable meeting at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

Hungarian and Polish leaders have declared victory in a dispute over tying European Union funds to the rule of law, even as some of their critics insi(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, European Council president Charles Michel and Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg’s prime minister, at the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph:  Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency/Bloomberg

European Union leaders reached an agreement to overcome a last-minute blockade of a €1.85 trillion budget and recovery package by Hungary and Poland i(...)

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