Hand gel: Hand-shaking is something of an occupational health risk. File photograph: EPA

In the literary technique of foreshadowing, small details appear early on in a story that are later revealed to have deep significance to the plot. O(...)

The European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

The European Commission says Ireland has made little headway in dealing with aggressive tax practices by multinationals or in broadening its tax base,(...)

Mark Zuckerberg finds his company blamed for facilitating the subversion of democracy, genocide, the destruction of whole industries and self-harm among young people – among other things. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

In the late 19th century, the titans of American business in the Gilded Age – men such as John Rockefeller and Jay Gould – argued that as pioneers in (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

EU leaders on Friday night failed to break a deadlock on the EU’s 2021-2027 budget, adjourning a special summit in Brussels that reflected deep divisi(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he aims to defend Cap funding levels. File photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Reuters

The Republic will appeal to fellow EU member states to manifest again the solidarity expressed in the Brexit talks to protect the union’s farm budget,(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks on the shooting in Hanau at the chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

Angela Merkel has said the murder of nine people in a shooting rampage by a suspected rightwing extremist has revealed the “poison” of racism and hate(...)

To many onlookers, this all looks very much like a case of closing the door after the horse has bolted. Photograph: iStock

When it comes to digital innovation, Europe is usually something of a laggard. In numerous instances it has been forced to play catch-up as other regi(...)

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and executive vice-president for digital affairs Margrethe Vestager led the presentation of the AI and data initiatives in Brussels. Photograph: AFP

The European Union is seeking to attract over €20 billion in investment in artificial intelligence per year over the next decade, as it looks to catch(...)

Photograph: JOSH EDELSON/Getty Images

American tax authorities have accused Facebook of deliberately “downplaying” the value of its assets as part of a scheme to pay less US tax, in a cour(...)

Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/ Reuters

For states across Europe’s periphery, EU membership has been vital to economic modernisation and social progress. Each enlargement round, notwithstand(...)

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