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Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said a sugestion by Ibec that a budget adjustment of just €200 million would be sufficient to reach the State’s deficit target is a “guesstimate”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said a sugestion by Ibec that a budget adjustment of just €200 million would be sufficient to reach the State’(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and China’s premier Li Keqiang talk during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/China Daily

Angela Merkel began her seventh visit to China as German chancellor with a visit to a FAW-Volkswagen car factory in Chengdu in Sichuan province, unde(...)

The Bundestag, in Berlin. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Germans love plans. It’s their strength and their weakness. Or at least that is the stereotype, and like most stereotypes it has at least a grain (...)

Lofty London

London is not as big as it seems. Elaborate bus routes, colour-coded tube maps and thick A-Z indexes can conjure an overwhelmingly complex metropolis.(...)

Scotland’s debate on independence is intensifying, drawing in many more sections of its population than are usually involved in politics. Its decision(...)

Italy’s Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. Italy’s wants greater flexibility on EU debt rules. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

What does Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi want? Greater flexibility on EU debt rules. Rome has been advocating for some time that certain catego(...)

The European Parliament meets in Strasbourg yesterday. EPA/PATRICK SEEGER

Ireland will have two MEPs on the influential economics committee in the new European Parliament, with the appointment of former junior finance minis(...)

 Minister for Foreign Affairs and outgoing Labour leader Eamon Gilmore arrives for a Foreign Affairs council meeting of EU Ministers at the EU Headquarters in Luxembourg last week. Photograph: EPA

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has forcefully outlined Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s credentials for the post of European Commissioner and (...)

A Ukrainian woman cries in front of her house which was destroyed by shelling in Slaviansk in the Donetsk region of Ukraine today. Photograph: EPA

The leaders of Russia and Ukraine have agreed to work on a ceasefire between separatists and the Ukrainian authorities and on quickly setting up effec(...)

A file image of migrants sitting on a boat during a rescue operation by the Italian navy some 60km off the coast of Libya earlier this month. The Italian navy found some 30 people dead on a migrant boat this weekend and rescued about 5,000 others. Photograph: Marina Militare/Handout via Reuters.

About 30 people have been found dead on a boat packed with migrants off the coast of Sicily. Italy’s navy also rescued thousands of others who were(...)

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