Katie Taylor at the OCI promotion  ‘100 Days to Go’ marking a countdown the European Games. “It’s a huge occasion and I think that in years to come it will be massive for European athletes.” Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Like an oversized hatchling, the European Games will, this summer, heave its competitors aside for elbow room. After that it will start to grow. That(...)

Adam Osmayev, English-educated Chechen commander of a Ukrainian volunteer battalion. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Wycliffe College, a €12,000-a-term boarding school in England’s bucolic Cotswolds, runs something called the “combined cadet force”.Through “military-(...)

Adnan Januzaj of Manchester United is closed down by Leicester players during the Premier League match between the sides at Old Trafford on January 31st. Photograph: Getty Images

Adnan Januzaj awoke on Thursday to his 20th birthday, though any celebrations may have been tempered with doubt when contemplating his Manchester Unit(...)

 BP  became the latest energy giant to say it would slash investment this year as tumbling oil prices cut into the group’s profits.

British oil giant BP reported better-than-forecast fourth- quarter profit even as oil prices slumped, forcing Europe’s third-largest oil company to cu(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: declared his ambition to forge the Eurasian Union in 2011. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images

A new four-nation economic bloc appeared at the start of 2015, promising free movement of goods and services across an area that is home to more than (...)

A restored T-72 tank stands as a memorial commemorating for the capture of the town Shusha beside the street between Stepanakert and Shushi  in Nagorno-Karabakh. File photograph: Matthias Schumann/Getty Images

In Stepanakert, the capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, polite officials stamped our passports and wished us a pleasant stay. They’re happy to welcome(...)

Not for sale: the Acropolis of Athens. But many state assets in Greece are for sale through Taiped, an agency not unlike Nama. Photograph: Getty Images

Nearly four years ago, the German tabloid Bild suggested that, in return for the European Union bailout, Greece should sell off the Acropolis and some(...)

Construction under way at the National Stadium for the Baku 2015 European Olympics. Photograph: Getty Images

Typical of Pat Hickey to answer my first question before he’s even asked. Hickey hasn’t lasted a quarter of a century – or a record seven terms – a(...)

 Ireland’s Katie Taylor is declared the winner after a fourth round stoppage of Jinhua Yin of China in Jeju, South Korea.  Photograph: Doug McDermott / Inpho

Ireland’s Olypic champion, Katie Taylor, earned a place in her fifth World Championship final when Chinese opponent Junhua Yin threw in the towel at t(...)

Michaela Walsh: “I lost on a split decision when I was clearly the most dominant boxer and knocked her down in the last round. Boxing can be cruel.” Photo: Ian McNicol/Inpho

The Irish team in Korea has now been whittled away to just Katie Taylor, who boxed her quarter-final early this morning against Olympic silver medall(...)