Polina Gagarina of Russia received a warm reception from the 10,500-strong audience to qualify for the  final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 on on Tuesday night in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Nigel Treblin/Getty Images 2:08

Hotly-tipped Russia qualified for the Eurovision Song Contest final last Tuesday night and received a strong response from the 10,500 audience members(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan: ‘Ninety-five per cent of the migrants have been settled in five states. We believe that is unfair. We will live up to our responsibilities.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The European Union is to launch a military operation to destroy boats used by human traffickers smuggling migrants across the Mediterranean in the st(...)

July is a good time to be looking for a hotel in Toronto as during the summer, prices fall way down for four- and five-star places to stay. Photograph:  iStock/Getty

Having just retired, we would like to spend several days at a luxury continental spa where we could have health, diet and lifestyle check-ups by quali(...)

Over the past few days, gay-themed traffic lights have been installed across  Vienna. The traffic lights are intended to get the city in the mood for the annual Eurovision Song Contest. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Gay-themed traffic lights are, apparently, getting Vienna into the mood for the annual Eurovision Song Contest, one of the world’s most popular kitsch(...)

Super-GTI goes on sale next year to mark 40th anniversary of the original hot Golf.

The annual gathering of VW GTI fans at Worthersee in Austria has become a major event for Volkswagen, and it often chooses the festival to be a launch(...)

London bobbies struggle to hold back surging crowd of Londoners massed in Parliament Square on VE Day, signalling end to WWII in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images/Bob Landry

“…above the battle’s fury -Clouds and trees and grass.”From: To Mark Anthony in Heaven, by William Carlos Williams. Beyond joy, beyond relief, it was (...)

 “We’ve never had so many from Ireland,” says Giovanna Carnevali, director of the Mies van der Rohe architecture award. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

They will be rolling out the black carpet for the Mies van der Rohe awards on Friday in Barcelona in the German architect’s iconic pavilion (made f(...)

In terms of obesity alone, the estimates show a big jump for women in the Irish Republic, soaring from 23 per cent to 57 per cent. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Ireland is on course to become the most obese country in Europe, according to the latest figures from World Health Organisation (WHO) experts.Europe i(...)

Austria’s interior ministerJohanna Mikl-Leitner. Ms Mikl-Leitner announced that Austria has filed a legal complaint over suspicions of spying by Germany’s BND agency.  Photograph: Hans Techt/EPA

Austria has filed a legal complaint over suspicions that Germany’s BND intelligence agency and the US National Security Agency might have spied on its(...)

‘From the mid-17th century – with the intensification of anti-Catholic persecution under Cromwell – the numbers of Irish religious in Prague increased. The 18 friars in 1634 had risen to more than 50 by 1654.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The story of the waves of emigration forced on the Catholic Irish by the consolidation of English Protestant power in Ireland in the 17th and 18th cen(...)