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A no-deal for the rest of the EU means no British exit cash and budgetary chaos, border controls and customs, airlines unable to land, uncertainty on citizen rights, and supply line disruptions

“The European Council renews its call upon Member States, Union institutions and all stakeholders to step up their work on preparedness at all levels (...)

France’s Minister for the Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire speaks next to German finance minister Olaf Scholz during a news conference at the informal Ecofin meeting of EU finance ministers in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 28th. Photograph: Nikolay Doychinov

Ireland’s GDP will grow by 5.7 per cent this year (a higher rate than previously expected), consumer spending will accelerate, and new mortgage lendin(...)

An RAF Tornado takes off from a base in Akrotiri, Cyprus, to participate in joint operational strikes  by the US, France and Britain in Syria. Photograph: Mod via AP

British prime minister Theresa May has defended her decision to launch air strikes against Syria without prior parliamentary approval, describing the (...)

US president Donald Trump embraces Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the White House during their St Patrick’s week meeting. File photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Donald Trump’s US administration has exempted the European Union from controversial import tariffs, averting a possible transatlantic trade war but al(...)

Digital companies are growing far faster than the economy at large, and this trend is set to continue.

Every day, 20 billion emails and 150 million social media posts are written, and 650 million online searches are carried out in the European Union. Y(...)

An activist wearing a mask of Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi poses the day after Italy’s general election, in Rome. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

A hung parliament in Italy and the prospect of a new government led by one of two populist parties following the Italian general election has caused a(...)

The EU’s new top civil servant Martin Selmayr arrives for a meeting in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

The appointment last week of the EU’s new top civil servant by means that could best be described as sleight of hand has provoked uproar in the usuall(...)

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry: hinted Labour could back remaining in a European customs union after Brexit. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

One of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies has hinted that Labour is set to call for Britain to remain in the customs union after it leaves the European Un(...)

Spain’s economy minister, Luis de Guindos: The Italian newspaper Corriera della Sera reported on Sunday that Rome will oppose his nomination for the next vice-president of the ECB

The Italians look set to oppose the nomination of Spain’s economy minister Luis de Guindos as the next vice-president of the ECB. He is up against Cen(...)

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. File photograph: Ricardo Moraes/File Photo

‘World View’ is a weekly foreign affairs podcast from ‘The Irish Times’. Subscribe on Android, on Apple Podcasts, on Stitcher or on Soundcloud. Forme(...)

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