Zapatero’s government introduced a one-stage ‘express’ divorce law. The incidence of divorce jumped from 51,000 divorces in 2004 to 127,000 in 2007, and eventually levelled off at roughly double the 2004 rate. REUTERS/Sergio Perez

During the last divorce referendum, we were told that it was imperative to introduce a right to remarry. It was claimed that here was a g(...)

 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(...)

Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos speaks during a press conference as economy minister George Stathakis looks on at the ministry in Athens.

Greece’s economy contracted at a faster pace in the third quarter than previously estimated as capital controls to shore up banks took a toll (...)

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(...)

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(...)

Michael Noonan and Spain’s Luis de Guindos talking at a euro zone finance ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday.  Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said he now expects the European Commission to deliver its verdict on its ongoing investigation into Ireland’s(...)

Migrants near Gevegelija, Macedonia, protest because they are not allowed to cross the border to Greece. Photograph: EPA/Georgi Licovski

“These are all the clothes I have,” said Elham, an English teacher from Iran, as her numb fingers counted off the hems of five brightly coloured sweat(...)

A painting by Liox in front of the Republic statue in Paris: France has reimposed border controls. Photograph: Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

One of the inevitable consequences of the Paris terrorist attacks is that France will need to spend more on security, especially on intelligence. So w(...)

 An undated picture released by the French Ministry of the Interior on  November 22nd, 2015, shows an unidentified suspect believed to be one of the suicide attackers of the Paris terror attacks at the Stade the France. Authorities are seeking to identify him. Photograph: EPA

Investigators on Sunday extended into a fifth day the detention of a man arrested on Wednesday outside the building where the suspected ringleader of (...)

  A handout picture provided by the French ministry of interior   shows police forces during a police assault in Saint-Denis, near Paris, on November 18th.   Photograph: Jerome Groisard/Dicom/Ministry of Interior/EPA

A tip-off from Moroccan intelligence services helped French police locate the suspected architect of last Friday’s atrocities in Paris. Abdelhamid A(...)