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People and businesses across the European Union produce 58 million tonnes of plastic every year; more than 40 per cent of that total comes from packaging alone. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

For many, the image that brought the crisis home came when David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II documentary showed an albatross unwittingly feeding its(...)

 Minister for the  Environment Denis Naughten believes  Europe has an opportunity to be a global environmental leader. Photograph: Julien Behal

Minister for the Environment Denis Naughten believes that problems surrounding recycling and the cost of recycling are rapidly becoming a global probl(...)

Sergei Orlov, a British national, talks to his doctor while recuperating from knee surgery at the Hospital de Calais, in Calais, France. Photograph: José Sarmento Matos/The New York Times

Serge Orlov, a 62-year-old Briton, likes to rail against what he calls the tyranny of the European Union. Like most supporters of his country’s withd(...)

People walk in Athens earlier this month. Greece’s economy grew by 1.4 per cent last year. Photograph: Getty

Inflation in the euro area was slightly cooler than previously thought in February, according to the final reading of prices by Eurostat. Y(...)

International and local research shows that higher levels of education increase employability as well as salary. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

Graduates considering their career options are doing so in a rapidly improving economic situation. Unemployment continues to fall in the euro area whe(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: claims Eurostat ruling will not impede social housing delivery. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Below-market rents charged by non-profit housing bodies influenced the EU statistics agency’s decision to count these key groups that will deliver fut(...)

A man lifts plastic at a makeshift recyling facility at Payatas district, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.  Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Reuters

Delivering urgent change in curbing use of plastics “will require real political leadership at national and EU level”, according to Minister for Commu(...)

Microplastics are small plastic fragments that commonly originate from the breakdown of larger plastic items. Photograph: Getty Images

Labour and the Green Party have called on the Government to pass legislation banning the use of microbeads and other micro-plastics immediately. The (...)

Charlemont Street Regeneration Project: 79 social housing units were constructed. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy says he will “study the full text” of a decision by the European statistics agency, Eurostat, to reclassify volunta(...)

The Beck brewery bottling plant in Bremen,  Germany. Photograph: Joerg Sarbach

Almost two millennia after Jesus Christ turned water into wine, two men in Germany have turned water into beer, with no brewing required. How they di(...)

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