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More than one in 10 Irish households have three or more children, double that of the UK. Numerous children are more common in the US than in most European countries, particularly in the south.

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This week Matteo Renzi, the 41-year old Italian Prime minister, celebrated his second year in office amid challenges – a troublesome banking sector, the country’s tense relationship with Europe and a weak economic recovery.

But how has Italy changed in the last two years? Read more

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The economies of Venezuela, Russia and Brazil are forecast to contract this year. In the case of Caracas, it might face a debt default as well, with its 5-year credit default swap reaching a record high in February.

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Commercial crude oil and liquid fuels inventories in the OECD countries totalled 3.03bn barrels per day at the end of 2015, according to US data. That was roughly 66 days of consumption. A year before, they were equivalent to less than 60 days

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Over 3m people in the US quit their jobs in December last year, the highest since 2006 and double that in August 2009. The number reflects the degree of optimism as people are more likely to leave a job voluntarily if they think they can do better elsewhere

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February 12: Italy’s weak recovery

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Fewer than two in three primary school teachers are female in the world, but the proportion is much higher in rich countries. The profession is more equally split in Indonesia and China, while in sub-Saharan Africa male teachers are the majority.

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Spain’s two main parties won more than 80 per cent of seats in every poll since 1982 except the last one, when they won 61 per cent. Ciudadanos and Podemos gained nearly one one in three seats, breaking the tw0-party grip.

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Low oil prices are bad news for oil producing countries like Russia and Saudi Arabia, as well as for oil companies and their workers, but it is good news for consumers, energy-intense companies and energy-importing countries. Read more

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One in five people in the EU cite security fears as reasons not to order or buy goods and services online, a smaller share than in 2010. The share is higher in Italy and Spain, while online shopping is seen as safer in Germany and the UK.

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Same-sex marriage is legal in almost half of OECD countries. The Netherlands was first to introduce it in 2001. The number of countries allowing it rose the most last year when Ireland, the US and Greenland joined in.

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Brussels expects Ireland’s GDP to rise 4.5 per cent this year, nearly 1 percentage point higher than it forecast last year. Growth prospects in Spain and Italy are also more positive, but have been cut for Germany, the UK and France.

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EU greenfield investment in the UK last year hit its highest level for seven years and represented more than 40 per cent of all project investments into the UK. Spain and Denmark made up nearly half of the EU capital invested in the UK.

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There were nearly 3 million more people in employment in the third quarter of 2015 in the Eurozone than there were two years before. Of these, 1.6 million – over 53% per cent – were from the countries given the acronym ‘PIIGS’, for Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece and Spain. Read more

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More than two-third of the capital invested by foreign groups in greenfield projects in the UK last year was in real estate, renewable energy and oil and gas. Property is the most targeted sector in the last decade.

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Donald Trump leads Republican polls, but 38 per cent of US adults say he would make a terrible president, 10 percentage points more than think the same of the Democrats’ Hilary Clinton. About one in five has negative views of Jeb Bush. Read more

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Employment in information and communication technology is rising and makes up 5 per cent of UK jobs, above the EU average of 3.7 per cent. The profession is male-dominated: fewer than two in 10 IT specialists in the EU are women.

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Casual workers were the first hit in the financial crisis, with a fall of more than 1 percentage point in their share of employment in the Eurozone in the two years to the third quarter of 2009. Temporary employment is on the rise again.

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Spanish house prices started to grow in mid-2014 but they are still 30 per cent lower than at the start of 2010. They have risen steadily in Germany since then and in the past three years in the UK and US. They continue to fall in Italy

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Services exports are driving growth in trade and accounted for more than 60 per cent of the rise in the value of global exports in 2014, a far higher contribution compared with the yearly average of 15 per cent in the five years to 2011