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EU commissioner for justice, consumers and gender equality Vera Jourová: ‘We are in the crunch time now.’ Photograph: Getty

The Republic’s record on enforcing data protection rules on Big Tech is coming under increasing scrutiny as the European Commission has indicated it i(...)

Chancellor-elect Olaf Scholz said he had delivered on his SPD’s key election promises: a €12 minimum wage, higher child allowance and an undertaking to keep pensions stable. Photograph: Filip Singer/Getty Images

When Germany’s future “traffic light” coalition members presented their programme for government, drafted in a month of remarkably leak-free negotiat(...)

Jim Murphy, chief executive of Prem Group. Dublin-headquartered Prem Group leases, owns and manages 38 hotels and serviced apartment properties across Ireland, Britain, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Hospitality operator Prem Group has secured major investment from funds managed by affiliates of Fortress Investment Group as the company prepares for(...)

Austrian former chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who has announced his retirement from politics. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA

After a decade in the public eye, and three years as Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz has withdrawn from public life after his mercurial career col(...)

The Northern Ireland Executive’s energy strategy aimed to have 40%  of electricity used there generated from renewable sources by 2020. Photograph: iStock

Renewables generated more than 40 per cent of the electricity used in the North in the 12 months to September 30th, new figures show. The North’s Dep(...)

Photograph: iStock

European stock indexes opened lower on Thursday, reversing gains from the previous session as a lack of information about the Omicron variant of Covid(...)

Visitors wait to receive Covid-19 vaccinations at a vaccine centre in Munich, Germany, on Thursday. Just less than 70 per cent of people in Germany have received a coronavirus jab. Photograph: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is deploying a surge team to South Africa’s Gauteng province, the epicentre of the outbreak of the new Omicron cor(...)

Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook could be sued by consumer groups for privacy violations, an adviser to Europe’s top court said on Thursday, in a German online gaming case th(...)

It is not yet clear whether annual vaccines would need to be tweaked every year for new variants, as happens with the annual flu jab. Photograph: Dwayne Senior/Bloomberg

Annual vaccines to tackle Covid-19 are likely to be needed, the boss of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has said. Dr Albert Bourla said yearly vaccinatio(...)

Photograph: Paul Faith / AFP via Getty Images

Ryanair carried a total of 10.2 million passengers in November, as travel restrictions tightened with the discovery of the Omicron variant of Covid-19(...)

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