Traders are pictured at their desks in front of the DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany. Photograph: Reuters

European shares hit fresh three-month highs yesterday, rising in thin trade as expectations grew for aggressive European Central Bank (ECB) (...)

A Moroccan migrant kneels  in front of Macedonian police officers as he tries to cross the Greek-Macedonian border near the Greek village of Idomeni. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Hundreds of migrants tried to storm the border between Greece and Macedonia on Thursday, tearing down part of the barbed wire fence at the cro(...)

Hoverboards don’t actually hover. Instead, they are made up of a small platform with wheels on each side - somewhat like a Segway minus the handle.  File photograph: Kent County Council Trading Standards/PA Wire

It sounds like a line taken directly from Back to the Future. A large consignment of hoverboards have been blocked from entering Dublin Po(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said the Government is determined to work for a deal which helped keep the UK in the EU. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has warned of the great “uncertainty” that would be created by Britain exiting Europe. He(...)

Environmental problems have a natural attention cycle among readers and climate change has probably gone through this attention cycle several times. Photograph: Getty Images/Stockphoto

There is one conundrum related to climate change that has intrigued communications researchers for over 30 years. It can be summed up simply: given th(...)

An armoured car drives along the street in Brussels, Belgium. The city has  witnessed the biggest presence of armed forces since the second World War  Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images

A deep sense of anxiety pervaded the streets of Brussels this week as the city was put on lockdown following warnings of a “serious and imminent” terr(...)

View from slopes of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo. Photograph: Joe Cornish/Riser/Getty.

The number of tourists visiting Ireland is set to hit record heights in 2015 with more than 7.4 million arriving in the first 10 months of the year be(...)

European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker attends a debate on terrorist attacks in Paris and subsequent police and military operations at the European Parliament in Strasbourg,. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has said the “spirit of Schengen” must be safeguarded as he warned against equating terrorists with (...)

John Muldoon: “I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t love to win in Munster before I retire, it’s one of the places where I have never won at senior level.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Muldoon made his senior debut for Connacht in 2002 at Thomond Park in an end-of-season friendly, in what would be a rare enough outing at opensi(...)

Migrants and refugees cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near Gevgelija. Since last week, Macedonia has restricted passage to northern Europe to only Syrians, Iraqis and Afghans who are considered war refugees. Photograph: Getty Images

Following the horror of the terrorist attacks in Paris it was inevitable that the EU’s refugee strategy would come under the spotlight. Despite the fa(...)