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“Giselle” by Akram Khan:  Business to Arts panel acknowledged a significant amount of uncertainty as Brexit continues to unfold. Photograph: Laurent Liotardo

Irish arts and cultural organisations may be adept at replacing musicians when someone in a band gets sick, or moving outdoor productions inside when (...)

A hard Brexit is less threatening to the survival of the EU than a soft “cherry-picking” Brexit

When the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016, even pessimists would not have predicted that 17 months after the British government triggered Article(...)

British prime minister Theresa May presents the prize for best sheep during a visit to the Royal Welsh Show last week.   Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/WPA Pool/Getty Images

One of the many curiosities about the shambles that is Brexit is the utterly hopeless negotiation strategy employed by the UK government. That might b(...)

Journalists are to be given clear and uncontested access to court records for the first time under new guidelines being drawn up by the Courts Service. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Journalists are to be given clear and uncontested access to court records for the first time under new guidelines being drawn up by the Courts Servic(...)

US president Donald Trump with Jean-Claude Juncker, the European Commission president, at the White House: the trade war has been averted – for now. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

If US politics was dominated last week by the fallout from US president Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, this week the focus(...)

The EU needs to work to make patent protection fairer. It works well for big pharma at present, but not quite so well for patients.  Photograph: iStock

At the international Aids conference earlier this week a UK academic used a chart to point out the profits and tax-avoidance practices of pharmaceutic(...)

ECB chief Mario Draghi reaffirmed plans to end the bank’s €2.6 trillion stimulus programme this year.

Borrowing costs in the euro zone’s biggest economy, Germany, held below six-week highs on Friday, a day after the European Central Bank’s (ECB) presid(...)

The bank said that the outcome for the period was also helped as its net interest margin.

AIB reported a €762 million pre-tax profit for the first half of the year, helped by a €140 million gain from the sale of non-performing loans to a gr(...)

Facebook shares plunged more than 18% after the social media giant said profit margins would plummet for years due to costs to improve privacy safeguards and slowing usage in its big advertising markets.  Photograph: Reuters

Thursday’s biggest story was Facebook’s plunge caused by disappointing results and ultimately resulting in tech stock carnage in the US on the day. (...)

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko: has welcomed US administration for its “uncompromising position”.  Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Ukraine and its European allies have welcomed a US pledge never to recognise Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, while Russia mocked Washington for li(...)

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