Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi urged Britain to reject an isolationism that could see the country become a ‘Britain less great’. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

The Italian prime minister, Matteo Renzi, has made an emotional appeal to the British people not to make “the wrong choice” in the EU referendum on T(...)

Chelsea Farmer’s Club in Berlin: It is hard to overstate German love of all things British and German Anglophiles love of an Alan Bennett-style, Pimms-drinking England that may or may not ever have existed.

Just off the Kurfürstendamm boulevard in west Berlin you will find the Chelsea Farmers Club. More than 1,000km from Chelsea and with no farmers in sig(...)

Yanis Varoufakis said the EU is like Hotel California; you can check out but you can never leave. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

The European Union is like The Eagles’ Hotel California; you can check out but you can never leave, former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis tol(...)

Janet Yellen, chair of the US Federal Reserve: nobody now thinks she will push for a Fed rate increase next week. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

It was a nasty end to the week for the financial markets, with a sell-off in equities and cash heading into the government bond market. The worries we(...)

Germany’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says a Brexit  would have serious consequences for the integrity of the European Union. Photograph: Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images

After months of restraint, Berlin has ramped up its warnings over the consequences for Britain, the EU – and for Northern Ireland – should Britons vot(...)

The Iseq declined 3.8 per cent between Tuesday and Friday evening. Photograph: Reuters

Joe Brennan Shares in the Irish companies most exposed to Brexit have been rattled in recent days as polls show mounting UK voter support for the cam(...)

Workers install a fence in front of Hotel Taschenbergpalais in Dresden,  which hosts the Bilderberg conference. Here politicians, business leaders, academics and media representatives will discuss world affairs behind closed doors. Photograph: Sebastian Kahnert/EPA

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary will both attend this year’s secretive Bilderberg conference which beg(...)

Tourists watch the march of the Presidential Guard (Evzoni) in front of the parliament building in Athens. The most disturbing aspect of the Greek macroeconomic situation is its external position, not the fiscal one

Is there a path towards making Greece a successful self-financing economy within the euro zone? What would be required to put it on that path? These(...)

The Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan: US president Barack Obama is to attempt to reheat a pledge he made after he took office in 2009 to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Most critics, including survivors of the Hiroshima bombing, say he has little to show for the pledge. Photograph: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg

When the leaders of the world’s rich nations meet this week near Japan’s Ise Shrine for the G7 Summit, they’ll be encouraged to pause from putting on (...)

The presence of 50,000 migrants in Greece is proof that diplomacy works – on its own terms, and certainly not for the benefit of the victims of history. Above: a makeshift refugee camp is seen in the reflection of a passenger waiting area at the port of Piraeus, Greece. Photograph: Simela Pantzartzi/EPA

The Greek word “diplo” means “double”, from which we get the idea of “diplomat”, someone who moves between two points of view attempting a compromise.(...)

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