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Vodafone Group reported a better-than-expected 3.3 per cent rise in first-quarter service revenue

Service revenues at Vodafone Ireland rose 2.1 per cent in the first quarter to €198.8 million versus the same three months a year earlier, the company(...)

Forecasts that electricity demand will continue growing have increased the focus on the pressures faced by the Republic’s supply network.

Two electricity plants whose shutdown added to a squeeze on energy supplies last winter could restart generating later this year. Surging electricity(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: “I am sufficiently equipped with a scientific mind to see that the objective circumstances require that we cannot continue at this pace, but must speed up.”  Photograph:  Hannibal Hanschke

Angela Merkel may have just weeks left in office but any farewell talk in Berlin is verboten amid the fallout of last week’s catastrophic floods and e(...)

Destroyed houses after the flooding of the Ahr River, in Mayschoss in the district of Ahrweiler, Germany, on Thursday. Large parts of Western Germany were hit by heavy, continuous rain in the night to July 15th, resulting in local flash floods that destroyed buildings and swept away cars. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/ EPA

The scale and intensity of the recent floods in Germany have shocked climate scientists. An increase in extreme weather events has been predicted for (...)

Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline: construction is 98 per cent completed on feed that will carry gas directly from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Ukraine and Poland have dismissed assurances that a deal between the United States and Germany to end their dispute over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipelin(...)

The ECB said it would not back off its efforts to support the economy even if that resulted in a “transitory” period of inflation moderately above target. Photograph: iStock

Facing unease over the spread of a more-contagious variant of the coronavirus, the European Central Bank (ECB) has said it would maintain its stimulus(...)

A gym in Singapore on July 13th. The city-state plans to gradually ease pandemic restrictions, focusing on severe illness instead of the number of infections. Photograph: Ore Huiying/New York Times

England has removed nearly all coronavirus restrictions. Germany is allowing vaccinated people to travel without quarantines. Outdoor mask mandates ar(...)

US surgeon general Vivek Murthy talks to reporters   at the White House on July 15th about misinformation concerning Covid-19 vaccines. Photograph:  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In downtown Little Rock, a chorus echoes around the room at Willy D’s Rock & Roll Piano Bar as groups of friends clutching beers and each other si(...)

Demonstrators participating in a climate protest near the Dáil in February 2020. Photograph: Alan Betson

A friend of a friend told me once about her escape from the Twin Towers. She realised, somewhere around the 30th storey, that if she didn’t start taki(...)

Demolished campers, trash and debris is pictured in Kreuzberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany. Photograph:  Christof Stache /AFP/ Getty Images

German authorities faced pressure on Tuesday to set aside longstanding privacy concerns and send mobile phone alerts directly to people in potential d(...)

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