Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is welcomed by Romanian president Klaus Iohannis during their official meeting at Cotroceni Presidential Palace in Bucharest, last week.  Photograph: Robert Ghement/EPA

On a sweltering Bucharest afternoon last week, student Andrei Marinescu sipped iced coffee in a cafe near Romanian government headquarters, where his(...)

Supporters of Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan attend a pre-election rally in Sarajevo on Sunday. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has brushed off an alleged assassination threat and concerns over Ankara’s growing role in the Balkans, as he a(...)

For search and social, Google and Facebook are inarguably two of the most powerful companies on the planet. File photograph: Getty Images

We don’t search online, we “google”, so it is no surprise that Google has over 77 per cent of the search engine market, while the nearest competitor i(...)

Earlier this year Yousafzai revealed she had received an offer from Oxford, which was conditional on grades. File photograph: Samad Jewel/Getty Images

Five years ago, the Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the head for advocating the right of girls to be educated. Now she has won a place at Lady Margar(...)

Heavy statistic: some 23 per cent of Irish adults are classified as obese. Photograph: Peter Dazeley/Getty

Imagine sneaking a cigarette into your child’s lunchbox as a “Friday treat”. Picture yourself celebrating a birthday party by laying on a nicotine fea(...)

Dramatic: the Saw Swee Hock centre bursts up, out and through its medieval-London landscape

The design for the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, at the London School of Economics, was the catalyst for O’Donnell + Tuomey’s highest accolade to date(...)

 Amber Rudd delivers  her first speech as home secretary on the third day of the Conservative Party conference  in Birmingham. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Britain’s foreign office has told non-British academics that it no longer wants their advice on Brexit, citing national security considerations. The m(...)

Market ups and downs: a focus on short-term performance means money managers are engaging in activity that is causing bubbles and crashes

Institutional investors’ obsession with short-term performance means money managers are engaging in activity that is “not merely superfluous but wealt(...)

Contractors dismantle an illegally installed section of the Corrib gas pipeline, at Aughoose, Co Mayo, in 2005. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.

The Corrib gas project is a template for “how not to undertake a development”, according to a new planning approach published by the British Instituti(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a speech at the Chancellery in Berlin on November 4th, 2014.

A quarter century after the Berlin Wall fell, triggering unification a year later, there have been times of late when you’d be forgiven for thinking t(...)

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