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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 (...)

Forza Italia party leader and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: clearly running the party’s show. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

The tide of populist and Eurosceptical politics that has swept Europe over the last couple of years does not appear to be ebbing. The electoral succe(...)

Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co Wexford

Profits at the four-star Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare increased by 12 per cent in 2016 as a “bit more confidence” returned to the economy, the com(...)

The Fiscal Advisory Council is the latest think tank to warn about the risks posed to the economy from recent trends in housing. File photograph: PA

A sharp increase in the number of new homes being built here over the next few years risks overheating the economy, the State’s fiscal watchdog has wa(...)

The Government has already received €6.6 billion from AIB, all of which has been used to repay the national debt. The next tranche of capital from the bank should be used to invest in infrastructure.   Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government is trying to shut down the debate over what should be done with the proceeds of selling AIB. It blames the EU’s Stability and Growth Pa(...)

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