The United States and Europe are expected to announce a five-year suspension of tariffs in their 17-year-old dispute over aircraft subsidies. Photograph: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

The United States and the European Union have agreed a truce in their near 17-year conflict over aircraft subsidies, suspending for five years one set(...)

A simmering battle over Covid-19 vaccine patents is escalating as overflowing hospital wards in India and Brazil highlight the need to rapidly produce more shots to inoculate the world. Photograph: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

A long-simmering battle over Covid-19 vaccine patents is reaching boiling point as overflowing hospital wards in India and Brazil have highlighted the(...)

US president Joe Biden during his first press briefing at  the White House in Washington on March 25th. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

US president Joe Biden was a special guest at a gathering of the leaders of the EU on Thursday in a sign of a fresh start in the transatlantic allianc(...)

A paramedic prepares to administer Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses inside the former women’s clothing store, Maurices, at The Mall at Whitney Field, in Leominster, Massachusetts, USA. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

WHO chief Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus Adhanom described the vaccine inequality gap this week as “growing every single day, and becoming more grotesque every(...)

Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  at her home in Potomac, Maryland, near Washington DC. Photograph: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

The World Trade Organization’s incoming chief on Monday warned against “vaccine nationalism” that would slow progress in ending the Covid-19 pandemic (...)

European Union negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty

The UK and the European Union are in a race to conclude talks by the end of the week, after which implementation of any accord in time to avoid disrup(...)

The document backs president-elect Joe Biden’s idea for a summit of democracies. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

The EU will call on the US to seize a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity to forge a new global alliance, in a detailed pitch to bury the tensions of t(...)

The new tariffs on US imports into the EU will include 15 per cent on aircraft and 25 per cent on a range of agricultural and industrial products

The European Union will impose tariffs on up to €3.4 billion of imports from the United States from Tuesday in retaliation for similar penalties impos(...)

Coronavirus has caused about 1.1m deaths worldwide, mostly among the elderly. File photograph: The Irish Times

Covid-19 has had an immediate and massive impact. But how will it affect the longer term? That is far harder to tell. What do we already know, after (...)

Freight containers at Dublin Port. Ireland’s continued strong export performance this year has  helped to cushion the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the economy. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Irish economy is expected to be one of the best performers in the EU this year, albeit that activity will shrink due to the impact of the Covid-19(...)

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