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Rates of vaccination range from 88 per cent in Portugal to 24 per cent in Bulgaria. Ireland is fifth on 76 per cent. Photograph: Thomas Kienzel/ AFP via Getty Images

Europe is again at the epicentre of the pandemic. Fourth and fifth waves of coronavirus infection, like that in Ireland, are putting huge pressures on(...)

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Legacy software platforms like SAP, Oracle and Microsoft should be designated as unfair digital “gatekeepers” in new European Union rules to address a(...)

EU ministers also approved a new package of 14 joint defence projects within the union’s Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco) framework. Photograph: Alan Betson

EU defence ministers in Brussels on Monday heard a strong appeal from the union’s top foreign and security official Josep Borrell to step up their def(...)

Volvo is planning that, by 2025, half of all of its global sales will be fully electric models

On the fringes of the Cop26 climate conference, Volvo made a somewhat extraordinary promise: that it will start fining itself €100 (1,000 Swedish Kron(...)

Migrants pack their belongings at the the camp in Grande-Synthe, east of Dunkirk. Photograph: Louis Witter/AP

French police have evacuated migrants from a makeshift camp near Dunkirk where at least 1,500 people had gathered in hopes of making it across the Eng(...)

 Samu Kerevi, right,  of Australia in action against Wales during the Rugby World Cup in Japan in 2019.  Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Australia captain Michael Hooper and team-mate Samu Kerevi led the nominations for the men’s player of the year while scrumhalf Antoine Dupont became (...)

More than 35,700 tonnes, or 7.2kg per person, of snack bars and biscuits were sold in Ireland last year. If a packet of Digestive biscuits is 400g, that’s 18 packs, for everyone. Photograph: Adam Petto/iStock

In an opinion piece in the London Times a few months ago, the managing director of Haribo in Britain and Ireland, writing in opposition to restriction(...)

How will you celebrate running this festive season?

It may still be mid-November but many of our heads are already in December planning mode. We are heading into what many consider the most wonderful ti(...)

The term ‘wealth tax’ tends to elicit a more emotive response, so governments tend to shy away from using it. Photograph: iStock

Debates about wealth taxes tend to mushroom up after big crises. We had them post 2008. On paper, they offer a solution to the two things that financi(...)

Pope Francis pictured at  the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, near Assisi, on November 12, 2021. Photo by Filippo Monteforte / AFP

Pope Francis has thanked journalists for helping uncover the clerical sexual abuse scandals that the Roman Catholic Church initially tried to cover up(...)

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