European Council President Donald Tusk:  “I am really afraid of this ideological or political contagion, not financial contagion, of this Greek crisis”. Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

A spectre is haunting Europe following the economic and financial upheavals of recent years and that spectre is political chaos. In Ireland it is evid(...)

There was an 86 per cent increase in the amount of people claiming asylum in Europe between the first quarters of 2014 and 2015. In the first quarter (...)

A migrant mother tries to protect her child from the strong sun as they wait on the Greek side of the border to enter Macedonia near the city of Gevgelija, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Photograph: Georgi Licovski/EPA

The European Union failed on Monday to agree on how to spread 40,000 asylum seekers in Greece and Italy among its members over the next two years, pos(...)

The LÉ Eithne in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Irish Defence Forces

The Government has agreed to accept up to 600 additional Syrian and Eritrean migrants over the next two years as part of a European Union relocation p(...)

Oskar Groening, former Nazi SS officer dubbed the “bookkeeper of Auschwitz”, sits between his lawyers in the courtroom during the verdict of his trial in Lueneburg. Photograph: Axel Heimken/Reuters

A 94-year-old German man who worked as a bookkeeper at the Auschwitz death camp was convicted on Wednesday of being an accessory to the murder of 300,(...)

House prices in the Republic increased by more than six times the EU average in the first three months of this year, according to new figures. Photo: PA Wire

House prices in the Republic increased by more than six times the EU average in the first three months of this year, according to new figures. The rat(...)

More than 70,000 asylum seekers have entered Hungary from Serbia so far this year, most having travelled from the Middle East, through Turkey and the Balkans. Photograph: Uygar Onder Simsek/AFP/Getty Images

Amnesty International has urged the European Union to overhaul a “failing” asylum policy, which leaves refugees vulnerable to criminals and corrupt (...)

Alexis Tsipras, Greece’s prime minister: Syriza’s disastrous negotiating strategy also means the Greek public is being offered a deal they would have probably secured anyway. Photographer: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

When the definitive history of the European Union is written, the closing weeks of June 2015 may stand out as one of the darkest hours. With Greek tee(...)

New Irish citizens at a citizenship ceremony in 2013. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Nigerian citizens were the largest single group among those who received Irish citizenship in 2013, according to figures by Eurostat. Nigerian citize(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton:   “Broadly, we’re agreeable to taking part in the arrangements and to take numbers that are appropriate to our size, population and resources.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland should be ready to take its “fair share” of migrants as part of a European Union plan to relocate thousands of asylum seekers who have fled ac(...)