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“The ‘euro’ though has become almost a toxic issue of debate in certain quarters in Britain.”

‘In der Ruhe liegt die Kraft’ is reputed to be one of the favourite mottos of the recently re-elected German chancellor. Pilloried by many in the Brit(...)

“Depfa’s problem balance sheet would have sunk Ireland in 2008 and the German’s regulator’s acceptance that Depfa was its problem is one of the few breaks that Ireland got at the time.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Depfa saga rumbles on, with reports over the weekend that the most likely buyer for the zombified Dublin-based public-sector lender is a consortiu(...)

Even though Angela Merkel was quick to signal that there will be no change in her core policy towards Ireland, her choice of finance minister will be important nonetheless. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Angela Merkel’s election victory sparked immediate chatter on Merrion Street as to what happens next in her finance ministry. At issue is whether the (...)

The Constitutional Convention is being chaired by Tom Arnold in Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Proposals to extend voting rights to Irish people overseas in presidential elections will be recommended to Government following a meeting of the Cons(...)

Marcel Reich-Ranicki

Marcel Reich-Ranicki, who has died aged 93, operated at the heart of European culture for more than half a century. The most influential literary crit(...)

Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani (centre) is approached by staff members after a news conference in New York today. Mr Rouhani said  he wanted talks with major powers on Iran’s nuclear program to yield results in a short period of time and that the improved mood in US-Iranian relations could lead to better ties. Photograph: Adrees Latif/Reuters

US president Barack Obama and new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani held a historic phone call on Friday, in the highest level conversation between the(...)

Tom Healy - YesWhat is the actual level of tax paid by corporations that operate in Ireland? According to the latest European Commission data on taxat(...)

Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt

In its attempt to get to grips with the intricate mind of the great German-Jewish political theorist who helped refine thinking on the Holocaust, Marg(...)

AfD top candidate Bernd Lucke addressing the media – formed less than six months ago, the Eurosceptic party polled an impressive 4.8 per cent. Phtograph: Reuters

All eyes were on Berlin this week as Europe awaited the outcome of what is widely regarded as the most significant European political event this year.(...)

Emergencey services dealing with floods in Blackpool, Cork, this year

Ireland will become a balmier place as a result of climate change but the summertime benefits will come at a cost. The warmer, drier summers will be f(...)

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