EU Council president Donald Tusk arrives for the start of the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Etienne Laurent/EPA

The European Commission is to draw up plans for a new resettlement scheme for refugees arriving in Turkey, after German chancellor Angela Mer(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The  “mini Schengen” plan of cutting back the borderless zone to just five countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Austria – was being discussed before the Paris attacks. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

It’s a sign of how fractious the European debate over the future of Schengen has become that the only coherent proposal this weekend is one f(...)

Poland’s prime minister Beata Szydlo and PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski: the new conservative government has taken control of the  country’s top court and secret services. Photograph:  Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Poland’s new national conservative government has been accused of staging a “creeping coup d’etat” for seizing control of the intelligence serv(...)

 UK chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: he claimed Western nations are seeing ‘the price of not getting involved’ in Syria

David Cameron was calm, polite and conciliatory in the House of Commons but his purpose could not have been more deadly: to persuade MPs to a(...)

Bad Hofgastein is a very pretty town surrounded by high mountains.

I want to go to the Norica Hotel in Bad Hofgastein, in Austria, next May with two friends. We have picked this hotel for its thermal spa, nice walk(...)

Refugees and migrants sleep outside the registration and transit camp near Gevegelija, in he Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Macedonia, Serbia and Croatia have started restricting access to migrants on the Balkan route to Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

Balkan states are continuing to tighten their frontiers to thousands of migrants trying to reach western Europe, despite scuffles and rising tensio(...)

Boats depart Wicklow at the start of the 2014 Round Ireland race. The 2016 race will set sail on June 18th next year. Photograph: David O’Brien.

Dún Laoghaire’s Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey’s made the gold fleet cut at the 49erfx World Championships in Argentina on Wednesday, heightening e(...)

 David Cameron: The prime minister’s hopes of winning a Commons majority for his new war were enhanced yesterday by Labour’s growing disarray over defence. Photograph: PA Wire

There was a dark whiff of 2003 and the prelude to the Iraq War around the Commons chamber yesterday as prime minister David Cameron sharply upped the (...)

National leaders along the “Balkan route” are under pressure to address the growing fears of their people, which in several cases are fanned by nationalist parties on the rise. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The river Sutla curls quietly through a normally tranquil corner of Europe, its grassy banks frequented only by fishermen, and ducks whose stray feath(...)

Dr Cyril Daly:  wrote an open letter to the then archbishop of Dublin, John Charles McQuaid, describing Catholic education as “offensive” to Christ’s teaching and “corrupt . . . in its infliction of violence”.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien.

Dublin doctor Cyril Daly died in August at the age of 82. He was buried in St Fintan’s Cemetery in Sutton, but his true memorial occurred this week in(...)