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At her first European Council meeting in December 2005, Angela Merkel emerged in the early hours ‘the deal-maker’ in brokering a budget accord. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

It was a different world when Angela Merkel walked into her first European Council meeting on December 15th, 2005. Around the table to discuss issues(...)

The urgency of climate action has been brought home this month by deadly floods in Europe, fires in the US and sweltering temperatures in Siberia. Photograph: EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

The world must raise its ambitions for climate action ahead of the G20 leaders’ summit in October, US climate envoy John Kerry said after ministers fr(...)

Airport operations crew for the Tokyo 2020 wait for Olympic athletes and officials arriving on a flight from Doha at Narita international airport in Narita, Chiba prefecture. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

The original plan was to test the endurance over 26.2 miles of hard slog through the streets of Tokyo and get some idea of what it’s like to run a mar(...)

A immigrant worker on hunger strike is evacuated on a stretcher by firefighters, from the Béguinage church in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: François Walschaerts/AFP via Getty Images

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants, on hunger strike in Brussels for the last two months to demand residence rights, have begun refusing water, putti(...)

Ms Deike Potzel pays a farewell courtesy call on President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins.

Germany’s departing ambassador to Ireland is optimistic that the Irish Government will join up to a global deal with a 15 per cent floor on corporatio(...)

People waiting to fill up empty oxygen canisters outside a factory in Yangon on Wednesday as Covid-19 surges. Photograph: Ye Aung Thu/AFP via Getty Images

First, the junta stole Myanmar’s elected leaders from the people. Now, doctors say, the generals have taken the oxygen that some citizens need to brea(...)

Klair Neenan

What business person do you most admire?  I admire Cathriona Hallahan, managing director of Microsoft Ireland. I think she demonstrates great em(...)

Pope Francis is greeted by hospital staff  inside the Agostino Gemelli Polyclinic in Rome on  Sunday,  where he was hospitalsd for intestine surgery. Photograph: Vatican Media via AP

Pope Francis is continuing his planned treatment and rehabilitation after intestinal surgery 10 days ago and will leave hospital as soon as possible, (...)

Locals celebrate as Tigray Defence Forces fighters arrive in Mekelle on June 29th. Photograph: Finbarr O’Reilly/New York Times

The Tigrayan fighters whooped, whistled and pointed excitedly to a puff of smoke in the sky where an Ethiopian military cargo plane trundling over the(...)

David Roberts, a creative design lecturer at IT Sligo, has helped devise a ventilator using very basic components.

A team of Irish researchers have created a ventilator using plywood, and used parts from cars and personal computers, which they say can be made anywh(...)

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