Volunteers wait for the arrival of refugee and migrant boats  on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. The International Organisation for Migration says 374 migrants have died so far this year while trying to reach Greece.  Photograph: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

At least 27 refugees, including 11 children, drowned after a boat trying to reach the Greek island of Lesbos capsized two miles off the Turkish coast (...)

Karl Marx: his warning that history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce has modern application. Any populist government in Europe might succeed in raising growth with banking policies – but this make them so dangerous. Photograph: Imagno/Getty

Rereading John Weitz’s biography of Hjalmar Schacht, Hitler’s Banker, I noted some interesting parallels between the 1930s and now that I had not cons(...)

Jackue Healy-Rae. Independents  have provided almost 100 per cent support for minority governments, with dissident party backbenchers instead being the main source of instability. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Opinion polls suggest Independents will win record levels of support in the forthcoming election. With those polls indicating no clear winner, Indepe(...)

Muntadher Tareef (centre) and Hosham Hassen (right), who want to return to Iraq after about five months in Finland, at a travel agent in Helsinki. Many Iraqis who migrated for economic reasons, or out of curiosity about Europe, are now returning to their homeland. Photograph: Ilvy Njiokiktjien/The New York Times

Night after night, Mohammed al-Jabiry tossed and turned in his bed at a refugee centre in Finland, comparing life in Europe with life in Baghdad. Aft(...)

EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos: while recognising “poor progress” has been made by “frontline” member states, he said this was “not about the end of Schengen”. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The European Parliament urged EU member states to strengthen the Schengen free-travel system on Tuesday, as the European Commission increased pressure(...)

Migrant children from Iraq in a sports hall at Jane-Addams high school, which has been transformed into a refugee shelter, in Berlin’s Hohenschoenhausen district, Germany, February 2nd, 2016 Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

There are more children and women on the move than adult males for the first time since the start of the European refugee and migrant crisis, accordin(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the launch of On the Importance of Ethics report. Photograph: The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins has warned that essential services must not become a political football in the general election campaign. Asked about th(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan  places carnations as he visits the site of the suicide bomb attack that killed 10 German tourists in central Istanbul. Photograph: Murat Cetinmuhurdar/Reuters

For Syrians who have fled the war for the relative safety of Turkey, life looks set to get worse. The suicide bomber who killed 10 German tourists in (...)

Almost 40 people drowned and 75 were rescued after a boat carrying migrants to Greece sank off Turkey’s western coast. File photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Almost 40 people drowned and 75 were rescued after a boat carrying migrants to Greece sank off Turkey’s western coast on Saturday, according to local (...)

The change of leadership from Eamon Gilmore to Joan Burton  has done nothing to restore Labour’s fortunes. If anything it worked to reinforce the view that the party’s tenure in office has been a failure. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The election campaign poses one of the biggest challenges the Labour Party has faced in more than a century of existence. Its capacity to exist as a v(...)