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Germany’s ‘powerhouse’ economy is cracking and investors need to be wary, economist warns

Germany is often described as the “powerhouse” of Europe, but the health of the world’s fourth largest economy is not as rosy as most people think, according to one economist.

ECB holds interest rates at zero percent; Draghi says sense of urgency easing

The European Central Bank announced a continuation of the bank's generous asset-buying program while keeping interest rates unchanged.

Op-Ed: European populist protectionism against China is economic self-harm

China, alone among the big powers, is the one unambiguous friend of the EU and of greater European unity.

Why the ECB could be forced to exercise 'nuclear' policies in the event of a political crisis

The ECB is faced with a unique political challenge this year and could implement its "nuclear" policy to weather a populist storm; analysts.

'Every time I see a report of a dead body, I ring the gardaí', says father of man missing for 21 years

Denis jnr, aged 23, left his family home in Caherdavin, Limerick, 21 years ago today, March 9, 1996.

Russian Revolution at 100: No joy for Putin

The 100-year anniversary of the Russian Revolution is an awkward moment for Vladimir Putin, who would rather not remind people of the power of dissent.

Merkel warns Turkey over democracy while urging closer ties

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Thursday that Turkey's approach to democracy and the rule of law are "deeply problematic" to the country's future cooperation with the European Union.

Russia urged to ban 'Beauty and the Beast'

A Russian lawmaker has urged Moscow to ban "Beauty and the Beast" after labeling it "a blatant, shameless propaganda of sin and perverted sexual relationships."

Party leaders to weigh 'exit plan' for embattled Fillon

A defiant François Fillon says he will not end his bid for France's presidency. The embattled Republican candidate tweeted Sunday that he would not withdraw after it was announced that a "respectful exit plan" will be discussed at a party meeting on Monday.

Fake job claims, probes mar French election

A rumor of an affair, a series of fake job scandals and a handful of investigations -- the French presidential election campaign has not lacked for drama.

UK foreign secretary to meet Russia's Lavrov

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson is to meet his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, in Moscow for "high-level talks" on Syria and Ukraine in the coming weeks, the UK Foreign Office said.

Ireland: Human remains found at former home

Excavations have uncovered "significant quantities of human remains" at a former home for unwed mothers and bab run by nuns in Ireland, officials said Friday.

Man who falsely imprisoned and 'ferociously' beat ex-girlfriend to be assessed for community service

A man who falsely imprisoned and “ferociously” beat his ex-girlfriend because she found a new partner may get community service, a judge has indicated.

HSE denies failing to contact Gardaí for three years after receiving 'Grace' report

The HSE has denied reports that it failed to correspond with Gardaí for three years, following a report into the handling of the 'Grace' case.

'Nine years, and I never get to see his face again,' widow shouts as man jailed for manslaughter

The wife of a man who was beaten to death with an axe had to be removed from court when his killer was sentenced to nine years in prison.

French conservatives, lacking a 'Plan B,' reel as Fillon's presidential campaign seems to implode

France's conservative Republican Party holds an emergency meeting as the presidential campaign of Francois Fillon appears to be imploding.

Turkey’s bleak media scene: Arrests, closures and closed trials

Turkey is mired in a massive crackdown that includes arrests and trials of journalists and shuttering of news organizations.

Trump's Russian honeymoon may be over as Moscow media put him in the deep freeze

When Donald Trump was inaugurated, Russian media fell over themselves, hailing the start of a promising era in U.S.-Russian ties. But his first address to Congress was greeted with muted coverage.

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