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The wind farm at Bruckana on the Laois, Kilkenny and Tipperary borders. For Ireland, electricity was the one area where we made major progress in reducing emissions. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

In advance of this autumn’s global climate conference in Glasgow, major world players have announced new, more far-ranging commitments to reduce green(...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko attends the All-Belarusian People’s Assembly in Minsk on Thursday. Photograph: Maxim Guchek/Pool/EPA

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has accused opposition protesters and western powers of launching a “blitzkrieg” against his country, as he (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to the media following a virtual meeting with the European Council on Thursday. Germany has the European Council presidency and Merkel is seeking a way forward from Poland and Hungary’s blockade of the EU budget and a coronavirus aid package. Photograph: Andreas Gora – Pool/Getty Images

The remarkable success – and speed – demonstrated by the EU leaders’ July agreement on the emergency €750 billion coronavirus rescue package and seven(...)

Alan Ledwith says concrete production is responsible for 9 per cent of global fresh water consumption annually. Photograph: iStock

Alan Ledwith has spent 30 years in the construction industry, working mainly with timber builds and other types of modern construction methods such as(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron hold a press conference in Toulouse. Photograph: Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Brexit negotiations between the European Union and the UK have reached “the final sprint”, German chancellor Angela Merkel said at a press conference (...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau attend the opening session of the Paris Peace Forum on Sunday. Photograph:  Sputnik/Mikhail Metzel/Kremlin via Reuters

“My fellow Americans, an hour ago I learned that Russia had begun preparing its nuclear arsenal. I immediately ordered the United States’ armed forces(...)

A move allowing UK agricultural products access EU single market is  likely to be welcomed by the Irish Government as it could overcome many of the potential difficulties at the Border. File photograph: Mary Turner/Bloomberg

The EU is unlikely to agree to British proposals to stay in the single market for goods, senior sources say, but may be willing to talk about access t(...)

Speaking at the first day of the EU summit in Brussels, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Ireland is ‘in full solidarity’ with the UK in its diplomatic stand-off with Russia. Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he expects the details of the “backstop” in the Brexit treaty guaranteeing no hard border in Ireland will be agreed “ce(...)

Emmanuel Macron’s plummeting popularity results largely from his determination to comply with the EU’s 3% cap on deficit spending. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

As Emmanuel Macron approaches his 100th day in office, hope that he would reconcile the French with both each other and free market economics is fadin(...)

A group of 52 migrants who were rescued  by the Spanish coastguard are met by Red Cross personnel  at Málaga harbour on June 21st. Photograph:  Guillaume Pinon/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Few places show off Málaga’s status as a developed hub of consumerism and culture as much as the area surrounding its port. Luxury boats and(...)

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