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Local residents walk through a street flooded from the nearby Elbe river in the historic city centre today.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Chancellor Angela Merkel promised €100 million to victims of Germany’s worst flood in a decade today as she toured areas devastated by the deluge whic(...)

A sign warns of floods as rainfall continues  near inundated streets in the town of Grimma, near Leipzig, Germany. Authorities in the  state of Saxon have declared Grimma a disaster area, according to local media. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

The worst floods to hit the Czech Republic in a decade forced the evacuation of almost 2,700 people from low-lying areas while the rising water threa(...)

The recent revelations that certain Irish- registered Apple subsidiaries are not paying any tax to any jurisdiction, apparently without breaking any laws in any jurisdiction, must cause at least some chief executives of other Irish-registered multinational subsidiaries to ask why they, too, cannot avail of similar structures.

There is something exquisitely wry about a Republican-dominated US Congress now questioning the global taxation policies of US controlled multinationa(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel is opposed to handing more powers to the European Commission. Photograph: ReutersMichael Sohn

German chancellor Angela Merkel is opposed to handing more powers to the European Commission and agrees with France that European Union governments s(...)

Fr Oliver Kennedy with NI Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill Photograph: Stephen Davison

The EU proposal to ban eel fishing on Lough Neagh and close the Toome eel fishery might spell the end of a centuries-long battle between the lough’s e(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande:  will present at a key EU summit this month.  Photograph:  Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images

Europe’s plan for a EU-wide banking union suffered a setback yesterday after France and Germany published an alternative proposal for European economi(...)

A turn from austerity

The European Commission’s decision to allow some member-states more time to meet their budget deficit targets is an overdue and welcome policy shift, (...)

The former pet monkey of Justin Bieber has moved into a German wildlife park after the teenage popstar failed to provide the necessary paperwork to release it from customs. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

The former pet monkey of Justin Bieber has moved into a German wildlife park after the teenage popstar failed to provide the necessary paperwork to re(...)

The public was yesterday invited to bring memorabilia from John F Kennedy’s visit to Ireland 50 years ago to the National Library of Ireland. The mate(...)

Robrecht Vanden Thoren, Tom Audenaert and Gilles De Schryver in Come As You Are

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: three virginal young chaps set off for a sunny Spanish brothel in the hope of upgrading their sexual status f(...)

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