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German chancellor  Angela Merkel. “In Europe austerity policies have been driven less by economic analysis than by Germany’s moral indignation over the notion that irresponsible borrowers might not face the full consequences of their actions.” Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the world economy appears to be stumbling. For a while things seemed to be looking up, and there was talk abou(...)

Llanberis Pass, in Snowdonia National Park, Wales

I’m searching for family-friendly accommodation in Wales. We are two adults and four children (aged 11, seven, four and two). I’m not interested in a (...)

 An aerial view of white clouds of smoke and steam rising from a fissure eruption taken during a flight over the Holuhraun lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier, Iceland. Photograph: EPA

Iceland cut its ash alert level for aviation to orange from red this eveing, after raising it to the maximum level earlier in the day due to a fresh (...)

A warning sign blocks the road to Bardarbunga volcano in the north-west region of the Vatnajokull glacier. Photogaph: Sigtryggur Johannsson /Reuters

Iceland’s civil protection agency has decided to evacuate an area north of the country’s Bardarbunga volcano, saying it could not rule out an eruption(...)

Ash from the eruption of Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010 (pictured) shut down much of Europe’s airspace for six days, affecting more than 10 million people and costing $1.7 billion (¤1.27bn). Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Iceland’s Met Office has raised its risk level to the aviation industry for an eruption at its Bardarbunga volcano to orange, which is the fourth leve(...)

American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams was reduced to tears on Sunday after watching worldwide ‘Happy’ videos on Oprah Winfrey’s chat show. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

American singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams was reduced to tears at the weekend after appearing as a guest on Oprah Winfrey’s (...)

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson.

Iceland’s prime minister has dismissed the chances of British and Dutch savers receiving much from a new $4.85 billion (€3.6 billion) lawsuit s(...)

Lyubov Orlova, docked on Dublin’s quays, in August 2005. Photograph: Daniel Kelleher

A ghost ship full of cannibalistic rats may be headed towards Irish shorelines. The unmanned 1,600-tonne MV Lyubov Orlova has been drifting in the (...)

A file photograph of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik where police fatally shot a person for the first time in the 210-year history of law enforcement on the north Atlantic island. Photograph: Mikko Pihavaara/EPA.

Iceland’s police fatally shot a person for the first time in the 210-year history of law enforcement on the north Atlantic island. Police killed the (...)

A demonstrator shouts slogans as hundreds protest outside the Parliament in Reykjavík in October 2010 over the financial crisis – Ireland can learn from the country’s “Wellbeing Watch”.  PHOTOGRAPH: HALLDOR KOLBEINS, Getty Images

The tragic death by suicide of Fiachra Daly and powerful plea by his partner Stephanie Meehan should be more than enough to awaken in us the reality t(...)

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