Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said the downgrade was "disappointing"
The deal is a compromise, as it must be, and one that highlights sharply the tension within the country
Agreement with arch-rivals means introduction of minimum wage but higher taxes are ruled out
The captain was part of the side that lost 3-2 and failed to reach Euro 2008
Anti-euro party set up seven months ago could alter the balance of power after today's general election and force a new coalition
Youngest monarch in Europe says people must take responsibility for their own future and create their own social and financial safety nets
Filthy lucre just got a new meaning. Plastic notes of the type chosen this week by the Bank of England as the next generation of paper money have been found by researchers to be the host of choice for some of nature’s nastiest bacteria.
FAI seeking replacement for Italian
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17 countries that use euro saw collective economic output grow by 0.3 per cent
The England manager Roy Hodgson faces a shortage of fit strikers for his friendly against Scotland next week, with Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe and Andy Carroll officially injured and Daniel Sturridge only recently returned to first-team training with Liverpool.
From the City: We have had a dry run for this great debate in the one about the adoption of the euro
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Boost for George Osborne's deficit-busting plans as it almost entirely reverses the IMF's earlier growth forecast cuts
Germany's Angela Merkel will discuss with EU leaders in Berlin today how to tackle chronic youth unemployment at a summit critics say is a pre-election public relations exercise.
The real issue here is the moral behaviour of large nations towards smaller ones