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John Berrigan: the Republic’s top EU civil servant, says the Covid-19 crisis will leave ‘deep scars and irreparable damage’ to Europe’s economy.

The Republic’s top EU civil servant has warned that the union’s fiscal and state aid rules will not be suspended indefinitely. EU member states colle(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen during a press conference on Friday to present the economic response to the Covid-19 crisis. Photograph: Getty Images

The European Union will boost spending on coronavirus-hit sectors of the economy, it said on Friday, also clearing member nations to run bigger defici(...)

The pupils of Kildare Place School sing Christmas carols at the 2019 Black Santa sit-out at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin which raised €45,000 for charity. File photograph: Alan Betson/ The Irish Times

A record € 45,000 was donated to the 2019 Black Santa Appeal last Christmas at St Ann’s Church on Dublin’s Dawson Street. Vicar of St Ann’s, Canon Dav(...)

In this picture taken on November 10, 1989 in Berlin, West-Berliners break the Berlin Wall with hammers and crosses. - The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, when thousands of Germans joyfully danced atop its graffiti-covered remains, to some heralded the “end of history” in a globalised world. Photograph by: AFP/Getty

Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Europe to fight harder for its values as Germany marked 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on Saturday. “The v(...)

European Union flags are seen waving in front of EU Commission Building in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph:  Dursun Aydemir/Getty

Jacques Delors, a former president of the European Commission, once famously quipped that you cannot fall in love with a Common Market. What’s good fo(...)

An anti-Brexit protester outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

It was 20 minutes before MPs were due to vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday evening, and the Conservative MP Steve Double didn’t know w(...)

Top-notch for tapping away puffy eyes and bags

Money burns a hole in my pocket at the best of times, but I’m at my most trigger-happy when I’m offered the chance to purchase some sort of miracle. F(...)

National Army soldiers in action at O’Connell Street, Dublin during the Civil War. Marking often divisive events from Irish history will be a task for the next president. How would they do it? Photograph: Irish Photographic Archive.

The Decade of Centenaries now enters its second, most challenging part - where the War of Independence, the Civil War, Partition and the creation of N(...)

Panoramic views of Prague from Petrin Hill. Photograph: iStock

With its reputation for stag and hen parties and a stop-off point for Interrailing students, I wondered if we were foolish to opt for a long weekend i(...)

Italian premier Giuseppe Conte (right) and labour minister Luigi Di Maio  ahead of a confidence vote on the government’s programme  on  June 6th, 2018.  Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

Frankfurt’s European Central Bank doesn’t do forgiveness. Like the corner shops of old, there should be a sign up in the lobby: “Please don’t ask for (...)

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