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British prime minister David Cameron  believes he has found a kindred spirit in Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister. In recent months Rutte has argued that, in the EU’s pursuit of growth, jobs and stability, less is often more.  Photograph: Will Oliver/Getty Images

Amid the chatter surrounding German chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to London on Thursday was speculation about British prime minister David C(...)

Glenn Greenwald (right) with David Miranda. Photograph: AP

In August last year, David Miranda, the Brazilian husband of award-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, was returning home to Rio de Janeiro via(...)

Merkel’s message
  • Europe
  • February 28, 2014, 17:45

Angela Merkel has never been one for showing her hand before absolutely necessary. The charge from exasperated observers of her in action in Eu(...)

The Northern Lights at Embleton Bay in Northumberland last night. Photograph: Tom White/PA Wire

People across Ireland and Britain experienced something rather special as they turned their eyes to the heavens last night - a rare glimpse of (...)

A Mustang seized by police, as officers from City of London Police joined Spanish counterparts from the Policia Nacional in a series of dramatic raids in Barcelona, Madrid, Marbella and London this week, in one of the biggest anti-fraud operations ever staged. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Criminal kingpins who robbed victims of millions of euro in savings to spend on their playboy lifestyles have been targeted in an unprecedente(...)

First Minister Peter Robinson  at  Hillsborough Castle  for a meeting with Secretary of State Teresa Villiers. Photograph: Aiden O’Reilly/Pacemaker

A British government-ordered inquiry into the operation of rules which gave IRA membe(...)

Vincent Crowley, IN&M chief executive: news that he is to step down met a  marginal response on the Iseq, as a broker said  there had been “rumours for some time”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

US stocks climbed yesterday as remarks from Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen bolstered confidence that(...)

Gene Murtagh continues to hold 1.13 million shares in the insulation specialist, around 0.66 per cent of the group. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Kingspan chief executive Gene Murtagh earned a near €1.8 million profit through cashing in 200,000 share options this week. (...)

RBS indicated Ulster Bank would be scaled down in the Republic.  Ulster Bank chief executive Jim Brown acknowledged this would result in branch closures and job losses. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Ulster Bank recorded impairment losses on its non-core portfolio of £3.03 billion last year. This represented 26.1 per cent of gross customer loans(...)

Children gather around soldiers from the US army’s 4th squadron 2nd cavalry regiment  distributing school supplies in a village near Kandahar, Afghanistan, yesterday. Photograph: by Scott Olson/Getty Images

The proposed tightening of US military belts, the biggest change to America’s armed forces in generations, is recognition that the country’s mi(...)

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