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Catalonia’s ousted leader Carles Puigdemont at a press conference in Berlin in May 2018. A Spanish judge has dropped a European arrest warrant for Mr Puigdemont. Photograph:  Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Spain’s supreme court has withdrawn a request to extradite former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont from Germany and dropped a European arrest warra(...)

The ‘cloned’ economist Daniel Kalt

Daniel Kalt appears in a private client meeting room at a branch of UBS, overlooking Lake Zurich. The Swiss bank’s regional chief economist and chief (...)

Dublin Chamber chief executive Mary Rose Burke. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Having climbed back into the top 10 on IMD’s world competitiveness rankings in 2017, Ireland has now fallen back to 12th. The last time Ireland slippe(...)

Cameroon’s president,  Paul Biya, who has held on to power for 36 years. Photograph: Lintao Zhang  via Reuters

When the American ambassador took up his post in Cameroon late last year, he stepped into an increasingly troubled nation, locked in battle against Is(...)

Verdelli castle on the Via Francigena, Tuscany. Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

The museum guide in Lucca suggests that I pick up the loaded rucksack from the bucket, carry it to the other end of the room and put it back in the bu(...)

Citigroup fell the most of US financials after its revenue fell short of estimates due to lower debt underwriting. Photograph: Chris Helgren/Reuters

The US S&P 500 index moved towards five-month highs as industrial gains offset a drop in financials. Ireland’s benchmark index closed up although (...)

 Taylor Swift  pulled her entire catalogue off Spotify in 2014, arguing it was unfair some fans could stream her music for less as opposed to buying a physical copy of her album. Photograph:  Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Can we have a moment’s silence for all our old record players, tape decks, Walkmans, MP3 players and iPods – all that technology that we once loved th(...)

Andy Murray: decided he wasn’t  ready to return at Wimbledon after a long absence due to hip surgery. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Hours before Andy Murray pulled out of this year’s championships, he spoke of the difficulty of coming back into a competitive tennis environment. Fo(...)

Lake Constance: the staging of Carmen, Bregenz Festival’s opera on the lake, has to be seen to be believed

On my list of things I didn’t expect to see in the Lake Constance region is one of the largest Fabergé eggs in the world. Yet here I am, in the darken(...)

Austria’s chancellor Sebastian Kurz listens to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during a joint press conference  in Vienna on Wednesday. Photograph: Robert Jaeger/AFP/Getty Images

A potential confrontation between the US and Iran is brewing in the Strait of Hormuz after Tehran threatened to block the Gulf passageway in retaliati(...)

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