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 Four EU member states have written to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter requesting that the free movement of workers within the European Union be discussed at a June meeting. Photograph: Eric Luke

Four EU member states have written to Minister for Justice and Home Affairs Alan Shatter requesting that the free movement of workers within th(...)

Italy’s Chamber of Deputies  at Palazzo Montecitorio  in Rome.  Today’s northern European countries are running up record current-account surpluses, just as some southern European countries are experiencing Weimar-level unemployment. For Italy, Europe’s fourth-largest economy, the slump is deeper than 80 years ago. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Charles P Kindleberger, the great economic historian, once noted that the Great Depression was so deep and so long because of “British inabilit(...)

Netherlands' Queen Beatrix (R) and her son Crown Prince Willem-Alexander wave to well-wishers from the balcony of the Royal Noordeinde Palac. The Dutch will have their first king in more than 120 years when Willem-Alexander succeeds his mother.

An anthem composed for the investiture of crown prince Willem-Alexander as king of the Netherlands next(...)

An employee drops newly-minted 2 cent euro coins into a container  at the Bank of Greece’s Printing Works Department and Mint in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Prices in shops should be rounded up or down in an effort to do away one and two cent coins, a report recommends today. The National Pay(...)

Praveen and Savita Halappanavar

“It’s not the role of the State to pass judgment on who a person falls in love with, or who they they want to spend their life with.” Tanaiste (...)

Police officers in bullet-proof vests outside the closed high school in Leiden, the Netherlands, that was at the target of an online threat.  Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP

A former pupil of one of the Netherlands’s best-known colleges for the children of expatriates was under arrest last night after an online thre(...)

Customers in Freebird Records on Wicklow Street in Dublin hoped to get some of the many limited-edition Record Store Day releases by Irish and international acts. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Independent record stores in Dublin enjoyed a vinyl revival on Saturday when music fans came out in droves to support international Record Stor(...)

A screengrab taken from a live broadcast on Youtube.com of the New Zealand parliament’s vote on the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

Hundreds of jubilant gay rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand’s parliament today as the country become the 13th in the world and the firs(...)

Financial shocks coming from weak euro zone countries are three times more likely to destabilise the region’s economies than shocks from richer countries, according to new research. Photograph:  Michael Dalder/Reuter

Financial shocks coming from weak euro zone countries are three times more likely to destabilise the region’s economies than shocks from richer(...)

Jeroen Dijsselbloem: president of the eurogroup, in his alma mater UCC yesterday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Standing in the 19th-century Aula Maxima hall in University College Cork, Jeroen Dijsselbloem is in reminiscent mode. “This wonderful hall I’ve(...)

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