President of the German Constitutional Court  Andreas Vosskuhle: court has asked the European Court of Justice for an expedited ruling on whether the ECB crisis-era asset purchase programme, worth over €2.3 trillion, broke the bank’s own ban on financing governments.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The campaign of Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland against European Central Bank bond-buying got a shot in the arm on Tuesday with a refe(...)

Fiona Muldoon, chief executive of FBD, has “no reason to believe”  Fairfax, founded by Prem Watsa, won’t  convert its  €70 million bond holding in FBD into equity in 2018.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Insurer FBD Holdings’ chief executive, Fiona Muldoon, sees Canadian investment firm Fairfax Financial Holdings moving next year to take a 20 per cent (...)

 Fiona Muldoon, chief executive of FBD Insurance. The insurer delivered a €11.9 million pre-tax profit for the first half of the year, compared to a €5.3 million loss for the same period last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

FBD Holdings, Ireland’s only publicly-quoted insurer, swung into profit in the first half of the year, helped by the release of a €5.6 million provis(...)

German Advocate General Juliane Kokott has told the European Court of Justice that Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner was wrong  to say  accountancy trainee Peter Nowak had no right to access the script of a failed exam. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) is facing another possible defeat at Europe’s highest court in an eight-year legal marathon over an exam (...)

A flag flies outside the US supreme court after it was announced that the court will allow a limited version of Donald Trump’s travel ban to take effect. Photograph: Eric Thayer/Getty

US president Donald Trump has welcomed a supreme court decision to uphold part of his controversial travel ban as “a clear victory for our national se(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Will he rescind Máire Whelan’s appointment  and reopen the process? Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Enda Kenny paid Leo Varadkar the compliment of nominating him to be his successor as taoiseach on Wednesday, but he has also left him with the first p(...)

It took Leo Varadkar two days to make a comment on the controversy. Guess what? What they did was legal. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

“You can’t do a thing. You have nothing on us. We didn’t break any law. Show us. Show us where we broke the law.” It’s easy to just imagine how(...)

British prime minister Theresa May said the controversy over the leaks had proved that the upcoming negotiations would be ‘tough’.  Photograph: Oli Scarffoli/AFP/Getty

Theresa May has declared that Jean-Claude Juncker will be the next person to discover that she can be a “bloody difficult woman” as cabinet frustratio(...)

Jon Platt arrives at the Supreme Court in London. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

A father has lost a landmark legal battle at the UK’s highest court over taking his daughter to Disney World during school term-time. Five justices a(...)

Neil Gorsuch testifies during the second day of his Senate hearing. The judge’s nomination to the Supreme Court is expected to be confirmed. Photograph:  Justin Sullivan/Getty

Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch said “no man is above the law” as he vowed to stand up, if necessary, to the man who nominated him t(...)