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Greta Thunberg, climate activist, pauses during a panel session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos.  Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg told an opening session of 50th World Economic Forum (WEF) conference in Davos that the fight to ta(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel, regional leaders and Russian president Vladimir Putin (front right) gather during a peace summit on Libya at the chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Getty

The weekend’s Berlin summit on Libya did not end fighting or ensure a peaceful resolution of the country’s civil conflict, but it may discourage exter(...)

Takeda’s deal for Dublin-headquartered pharma giant Shire was the largest cross-border transaction recorded globally in 2019

Foreign direct investment (FDI) to the State rebounded last year due to Japanese company Takeda’s $62 billion (€55.9bn) deal for Dublin-headquartered (...)

Heather Steacy working with refugees in Berlin

This week, Heather Steacy, originally from Gorey, Co Wexford,  lives in Berlin, where she works as an assistant manager and volunteer coordi(...)

Anti-government protesters block a main highway in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday. Photograph: AP

Lebanese efforts to finalise a new government stalled on Friday as hundreds of anti-government protesters blocked roads to mark the beginning of the f(...)

Angela Merkel: “I see the European Union as our life insurance.” Photograph: EPA

It’s a grim winter’s day in Berlin, and the political climate matches the weather. Everywhere Angela Merkel looks there are storm clouds, as the value(...)

The aftermath of the drone strike  ordered by US president Donald Trump  which killed Iranian general Qassem Suleimani.  Photograph: Iraqi Prime Minister’s Press Office via The New York Times

The recent tit-for-tat missile strikes between US and Iran show how war has changed in the 21st century. Technology has brought new capabilities for k(...)

To succeed, the Europeans must persuade Donald Trump to ignore the hawks around his administration who believe that even more brutal sanctions can topple the Iranian regime. Photograph: Omer Messinger

In triggering the dispute resolution mechanism of the Iran nuclear deal, Britain, France and Germany (the E3) are under no illusions about its likely (...)

 Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and the head of the country’s nuclear agency inspecting nuclear technology last April. Photograph: EPA/Iranian Presidency Office

Germany, Britain and France have triggered a dispute resolution mechanism in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in response to Tehran’s decision to lift the r(...)

Commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army Khalifa Haftar meeting  Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov during their meeting in Moscow on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Russian ministry of foreign affairs

Almost 1,000 refugees and migrants have been returned to war-torn Libya from the Mediterranean Sea in the first two weeks of 2020, according to the UN(...)

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