For sale signs are posted outside homes in London, UK. Photographer: Suzanne Plunkett/Bloomberg News

Property rises in Ireland are now rising at a higher rate than anywhere else in the EU, according to figures from Eurostat. The agency’s latest proper(...)

Palestine’s permanent observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, speaks at a UN Security Council meeting on a resolution to establish a Palestinian state. The resolution was defeated. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

The UN Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and the est(...)

The former Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness: believes there should be an amnesty for people who have been living long term in direct provision. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

  Ireland needs to “learn lessons” from the situation of isolated communities living in France, retired Supreme Court judge Catherine McGu(...)

 Latvian prime minister Laimdota Straujuma (left), president of the European Council Donald Tusk, President Andris Berzins and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, during the opening event of the Latvian presidency of the EU in Riga. Photograph: EPA

Latvia’s presidency of the Council of the European Union will not be an “anti-Russian” presidency, Latvia’s minister for foreign affairs said yesterda(...)

An estimated 60,000 citizens of other European countries are treated in the Irish health service each year as visitors use their European Health Insurance Card or a UK entitlement document. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has lodged substantial claims with 23 European countries in respect of the cost of treatment of their citizens by the health service here.The (...)

Lithuania’s prime minister Algirdas Butkevicius, central bank governor  Vitas Vasiliauskas and Estonia’s prime minister Taavi Roivas celebrate Lithuania becoming the 19th member of the euro zone. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Lithuanians celebrated with fireworks and toasted champagne bought with euros as their country finished a quarter-century transition from a communist (...)

Lithuania’s prime minister Algirdas Butkevicius holds euro banknote during an event celebrating Lithuania’s joining the euro zone in Vilnius. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Lithuania joined the euro zone at the stroke of midnight on Thursday, hoping to anchor itself in Europe as its former master Russia flexes its militar(...)

Palestine’s permanent observer to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, speaks at a UN Security Council meeting on a resolution to establish a Palestinian state. The resolution was defeated. Photograph: Peter Foley/EPA

The UN Security Council rejected a Palestinian resolution calling for an Israeli withdrawal from the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem and the est(...)

Pedestrians in downtown Vilnius, Lithuania. The country becomes the 19th nation to adopt the euro on January 1st, and the likelihood of economic and geopolitical security looms large for many. (Photograph: Maciek Nabrdalik/The New York Times)

If anyone still has good reasons for joining the euro, it is the people bundled against the cold of this snow-dusted capital. The plunge of the ruble(...)

A general view of Lithuanian capital Vilnius. Latvia and Lithuania favour a tough response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Latvia will assume the presidency of the European Union, and Lithuania will adopt the euro tomorrow, raising their EU profile at a time of spiralling (...)