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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and  candidates at the launch of the party’s  general election manifesto at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

It was the call that all columnists dread: my editor asked me for an analysis of the election manifestos published last Friday by Fianna Fáil and Fine(...)

German  chancellor Angela Merkel during a special address on day three of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Diversification is crucial to ensuring a country’s security in the rolling out of 5G mobile technology, and shunning one supplier altogether risks bei(...)

The EU’s new foreign policy chief, the experienced and hard-nosed Josep Borrell, has spoken of Europe learning 'to use the language of power'. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images

EU debates about its role as a global power are as old as the European project itself. Yet every effort to turn the bloc into a genuine geopolitical p(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian president Vladimir Putin pose for a picture as he arrives to attend the Libya summit in Berlin on Sunday. Photograph: Axel Schmidt/Reuters

Eight years after France and Britain led a military intervention to topple Muammar Gadafy without having considered how to manage the aftermath of the(...)

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(...)

Security at Davos is tight.

World leaders, chief executives, thinkers and celebrities are gathering in the Swiss mountain town of Davos for the World Economic Forum’s annual meet(...)

Preparing for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland: The climate crisis and sustainability are shaping up to dominate the event this year. Photograph: Denis Balibouse

European commissioner for trade Phil Hogan has stepped in to address business leaders attending IDA Ireland’s annual dinner at Davos this week, as the(...)

Leaders and lawmakers from 10 countries are attending talks in Berlin aimed at bringing an end to the protracted conflict in Libya. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty

Libya’s warring factions and their respective international allies agreed in Berlin on Sunday on a renewed weapons embargo in a bid to end the long-r(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during a TV  interview on the closing day of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in  January  2019.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe have pulled out of joining the global elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos next(...)

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