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The decision announced yesterday by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade significantly to expand Ireland’s embassy network is an essential affi(...)

The Government is to reopen the Vatican Embassy, The Irish Times has learned.

The Government has decided to reopen the Irish Embassy to the Vatican as part of a wider expansion of the embassy and consulate network. Tánaiste Eamo(...)

Gylfi SigurDsson of Iceland battles with Luka Modric of Croatia at the Laugardalsvollur stadium  in Reykjavik, Iceland. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

ICELAND 0 CROATIA 0Ten-man Iceland hung on for a heroic 0-0 draw in the first leg of their play-off with Croatia to keep alive their dream of reaching(...)

Joining the EU during a recession is bad enough but Croatia’s own economy is also in severe difficulty: there has been no growth in five years and unemployment is at almost 20 per cent. Photograph: Reuters/Antonio Bronic

Croatia may be just days away from setting off the fireworks in celebration of its entry into the EU, but Luka Zucko is not all that enthusiastic. The(...)

Andro Tomic, a leading Hvar winemaker The name prosek could be banned from July 1st because it sounds too similar to prosecco, the wine from northern Italy that has brand protection in Brussels.

Croatia is rightly proud of what it will bring to the European Union when it becomes the bloc’s 28th member next week, from graceful Zagreb in the nor(...)

The Croatian national flag, sits alongside the European Union flag on the Croatian island of Solta, in Maslinica, Croatia.

EU membership will help Croatia deal with its troubled past, President Michael D Higgins predicted during a visit there last week. However, it’s likel(...)

President Michael D Higgins has warned that speculative markets and rating agencies are now seen as having more power than elected parliaments in addressing economic problems. Photograph: Eric Luke /The Irish Times

Speculative markets and rating agencies are now seen as having more power than elected parliaments in addressing economic problems, President Michael (...)

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