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About 370 companies in other European countries have also bought the meat, and the Dutch food authority has warned foreign counterparts about the recall via a European rapid alert system.Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

An investigation into the possibility that an Irish company has received more beef products containing horsemeat was launched today by the Departme(...)

The research found 86 per cent of children in Ireland were happy with their lives, while there was also a “significant decline” in the number of those smoking and more modest declines in drinking and teenage pregnancy. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Ireland has been named the 10th best place in the world for children to grow up among a list of developed countries, ranking a(...)

Slovenian prime minister Alenka Bratusek, her Croatian counterpart Zoran Milanovic, Slovenian foreign minister Karel Erjavec and Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic shake hands after the Slovenian parliament ratified Croatia's EU accession, in Ljubljana last week.  Photograph:  Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters

Slovenia's creditworthiness is deteriorating at the fastest pace in the world after Cyprus as investors speculate a banking crisis will force i(...)

Portugese prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho said his government would have to introduce “important cuts” in expenditure on social security, health and education. Photograph: Reuters/José Manuel Ribeiro

Portugal’s prime minister has promised further cuts in government spending after the country’s constitutional court rejected austerity measures(...)

Candle-lit memorial shrine to Bishop Oscar Romero, murdered in El Salvador in 1998, in the Church of Notre Dame in Bruges. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

The Dutch, Belgian and northeastern parts of France through which Carl Clancy rode his motorcycle in November 1912 were sho(...)

Manufacturing across the euro zone fell deeper into decline in March with the Markit's euro zone Manufacturing PMI falling to 46.8 from 47.9 in February. Photograph:   David Jones/PA Wire.

Manufacturing across the euro zone fell deeper into decline in March, although the Cyprus bailout crisis has yet to take a toll on factory acti(...)

Johan Jansen and his 1988 BMW R100 with its home-made luggage boxes. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Johan Jansen is a gardener. He is 50 years of age and single. Johan lives in Eindhoven in the southern part of the Netherlands, not too f(...)

An Angolan youth who came to the Netherlands at the age of nine, and whose battle to avoid deportation caused a political row which highlighted(...)

Gary Walker photographing Henk te Veldhuis’s local history book. Photograph: Peter Murtagh.

It would be easy to think the Netherlands is one big motorway. As we travel south from Amsterdam on Easter we(...)

Gary Walker (left) and Geoff Hill at the Hotel Rambrandt, Amsterdam. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Searching for a hotel in Amsterdam named Rembrandt turns out to be a little like searching for a pub in London called The Queen’s Head. T(...)

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