Ireland was ranked behind the UK, Austria and Lithuania, among others, but scored above the average of 31 per cent. Hungary and Cyprus ranked lowest in the survey. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has been ranked sixth best out of 19 EU member states in a survey of measures in place to guard against “undue influence” in the political sys(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian president Vladimir Putin attend a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow. Photograph: AFP Photo

Ever since the election of the Syriza-led government just over two months ago the shadow of Russia has been a looming presence in the current Greek st(...)

Labour leader Ed Miliband in Huddersfield while on the election campaign trail yesterday. Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Ed Miliband’s pledge to end what he called the “epidemic” of zero-hours contracts is likely to send shivers down the spines of big UK employers such a(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras’s visit to Russia offered a reflection of diffidence and division across Europe. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

The pilgrimage of Greek premier Alexis Tsipras to Moscow told a tale of two tragedies. One, perilously close to the denouement, is about Greece’s unce(...)

Rebecca Meehan in Paris

Although some of my friends and family thought I was mad going travelling alone, I questioned my sanity only once. I’d been away for two months and(...)

Ukrainian servicemen ride on top of an armoured personnel carrier on the way from Artemivsk to Debaltseve. Photograph: Anatoli Stepanolli/AFP 1:21

Ukraine pulled thousands of troops out of an encircled town on Wednesday after a massive assault by pro-Russian rebels, who ignored a new ceasefire to(...)

Benedict Anderson’s classic account of the history of nationalism, Imagined Communities (1982, rev. 1993) asks a simple question in its early pages: w(...)

Kenny Carroll scored four goals in Railway’s 7-6 victory over Hungary’s Soroksari. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Railway Union retained Ireland’s place in the third tier of European club indoor competition for another year in dramatic fashion, striking twice in (...)

Migrants arriving at Porto Empedocle in Sicily after being rescued off the Libyian coast by a Dutch freighter. Photograph: Frank Miller

Across Europe asylum applications are on the increase and Ireland, for the first time in more than a decade, is no exception. Last year, there was an(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban in Budapest, Hungary: “I’m firmly convinced that this conflict cannot be solved by military means,” Dr Merkel said. Photograph: Carsten Koall/Getty Images

The leaders of Germany and Hungary have agreed not to sell weapons to Ukraine to use in its war against Russian-backed separatists, but have disagree(...)