A  migrant woman  waits for  the train to depart to Slovenia on her journey to western Europe from  a refugee transit camp in Slavonski Brod, Croatia. Photograph: Darrin Zammit/Reuters

As the Syrian conflict continues to rage, the prospect of a renewed exodus of citizens to Europe seems all but inevitable. The deteriorating situatio(...)

Since leaving Ireland 14 years ago, Aonghus Kelly (pictured above with his girlfriend) has lived in New Zealand, Bosnia, and the UK, working as a prosecution lawyer on war crimes, organised crimes and terrorism cases.

I have been living away from Ireland now for 12 of the last 14 years. To paraphrase Dickens, it has been the best of times and the worst of times. (...)

In a word . . . Joyce

It was spring 1999 and we were high in the hills near the Macedonian capital, Skopje, looking for Nato troops. War was raging in nearby Kosovo, and Al(...)

Protesters throw molotov cocktails during a violent protest in Pristina, Kosovo, on Saturday. Photograph: EPA/Valdrin Xhemaj

Police in Kosovo have fired tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters whose rally against EU-backed deals with Serbia and Montenegro ended wit(...)

A minute’s silence in Paris for the victims of the November terror attacks which claimed the lives of 130 people. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

It was as if the nightmares of New York on 9/11, Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005 had returned with a vengeance. Jihadist attacks opened and closed 2(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel leaving the EU leaders’ summit in Brussels. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

European leaders vowed to accelerate the implementation of already-agreed measures to tackle the refugee crisis, though stopped short of unveiling an(...)

Serbia’s prime minister Aleksandar Vucic (right) and Austria’s foreign minister Sebastian Kurz hug at an EU-Serbia association council meeting on Monday in Brussels. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/ AFP/Getty Images

As the European Union wraps up its work for 2015 and leaders gather for the final summit of the year, focus continues to rest on two issues that promi(...)

Serbia’s president Tomislav Nikolic with France’s sustainable development and energy minister Ségolène Royal at the UN conference on climate change in Paris. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

Serbia is taking a step towards eventual accession to the European Union by opening the first two chapters of its membership negotiations, amid renewe(...)

A US air force strategic air command B-52 Stratofortress drops a string of 750-pound bombs over a coastal target in the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War, in October 1965. Photograph: US air force via The New York Times

Glance down from the ageless expanse of blue sky into the cockpit of the US air force’s largest bomber, and the panorama is decidedly more dated – ba(...)

Left Party floor leader Sahra Wagenknecht called it “madness” to respond to the Paris attacks with bombings that would cause further civilian casualties. Photograph: EPA/Kay Nietfeld

Germany’s opposition parties have accused Berlin’s ruling grand coalition of bouncing the country into a war in Syria without proper debate and witho(...)