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European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen greets Croatia’s prime  minister Andrej Plenkovic at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Every new presidency of the EU has its own flavour, its own national initiative to mark it out from the rest and to be remembered by. Croatia, a grou(...)

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The World Bank on Wednesday trimmed its global growth forecasts slightly for 2019 and 2020 due to a slower-than-expected recovery in trade and invest(...)

European commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager. Ireland’s corporate tax rate, one of the lowest in the OECD, has been at the centre of an international storm over multinational tax avoidance. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

The effective tax rate paid by Irish companies last year was 12.4 per cent, broadly in line with the statutory rate of 12.5 per cent, according to a n(...)

Economists notice that self-reported levels of happiness decline after we achieve middling incomes. Photograph: istock

Happiness is big business – and not just because it is the “season to be jolly”. A growing area of economic research lends itself to a lot of surprisi(...)

Paul Hogan, who has died aged 85

Paul Hogan Born: October 30th, 1934 Died: November 7th, 2019 Paul Hogan, the Dublin-born designer and senior trade adviser at the State export devel(...)

Prof Ruth Maher, inventor of a non invasive home treatment for stress urinary incontinence called Innovo, holding an ultrasound showing the impact of her device on the pelvic floor. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Life could have been quite different for Ruth Maher. She might now be edging toward retirement from the Electricity Supply Board (ESB). Instead, she c(...)

Hassan Diab arrives at the presidential palace in Baabda after being named Lebanon’s new prime minister. Photograph: Mohamed Azakir/Reuters

Academic Hassan Diab was named Lebanon’s new prime minister on Thursday after Saad Hariri, who resigned at the end of October, withdrew his candidacy.(...)

An anti-riot policeman in Zimbabwe tackles a woman  as police  disperse a crowd gathered to hear an address by MDC  Alliance Nelson Chamisa in Harare. Photograph: Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

The atmosphere in his organisation’s Harare office feels moulded by suspicion and fear but Peter Mutasa, president of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade U(...)

Galway-Eyre Square-Kennedy Park:“Galway excels both in efficiency and quality of land administration,” says World Bank study.

Galway is the “most efficient” Irish city in which to start a business, according to a study by the World Bank. It also outperforms its peers when it (...)

Independent TD Noel Grealish arrives at Leinster House. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Chatting among themselves over coffee or in the Dáil bar, some TDs and Senators have been trying to figure out what exactly motivated Noel Grealish to(...)

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