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French finance minister Pierre Moscovici  and his German counterpart, Wolfgang Schäuble, worked hard in Berlin yesterday to play down recent tensions over the pace of austerity measures. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

French finance minister Pierre Moscovici has promised to keep up the pace of economic reform in return for Paris being granted more time to rea(...)

Paris Plage, the artificial beach provided in central Paris in summertime. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

When a bank holiday falls on Tuesday or Thursday, French employees take the Monday or Friday off as well. The practice is known as a (...)

 Johnny Murtagh will partner Simenon in the Chester Vase. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Johnny Murtagh crosses the Irish Sea for a pair of high-profile rides at Chester today knowing his chances of Classic success at home later in (...)

The chief executive of Diageo (which owns Guinness) will step down from the board at the annual meeting in September. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Reuters

Diageo’s chief executive, Paul Walsh, is stepping down after 13 years at the helm of the company behind Smirnoff and Guinness. He will ma(...)

Markets in Ireland, Britain and Greece reopened yesterday following the bank holiday. Major indexes in Germany and the United States hit highs (...)

Ulster fullback Jared Payne has been named in the Barbarians squad.  Photograph:  Darren Kidd/Inpho/Presseye

Ulster fullback Jared Payne has signed a new three-year deal with Ulster, on the day he was named alongside Munster prop BJ Botha in the Barbar(...)

The Bourbons, as Talleyrand once remarked, learned nothing and forgot nothing. What was true of the rulers of France some two centuries ago see(...)

Economist Hans-Werner Sinn said Germany should help struggling countries leave the euro

Germany would have nothing to fear and much to gain from exiting the euro area, according to influential economist Hans(...)

 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar: “These figures suggest that the Gathering has got off to a strong start.”

The Gathering has significantly boosted tourism figures so far this year from North America and continental Europe, Fáilte Ireland stati(...)

The Government is trying to change the focus of the economy. Minister for Jobs and Enterprise Richard Bruton is hoping a model based on endeavo(...)

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