The wreckage of  Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 near the village of Hrabove in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Australia, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Belgium and Ukraine have pledged to seek an alternative means of bringing to justice those who shot down Malaysi(...)

 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(...)

Sarah Kenny celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam, where she has been living for three years.

Relationships change when you move abroad. I struggled initially with conversations with friends at home, as they were always about when I am home (...)

Rob Bertholee, head of  Dutch security service AIVD: the agency said there had been an increase in Russian intelligence operations. Photograph: Bart Maat/AFP/Getty Images

A Russian physicist working on the development of supercomputers at a university in the Netherlands had his contract terminated less than a year ago w(...)

A man puts a candle in front of the Dutch embassy in Moscow  in memory of the people who died in the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Alexander Utkin/AFP/Getty Images

Russian president Vladimir Putin has said he opposes the creation of an international tribunal to prosecute those who shot down a Malaysian airliner o(...)

Since January of this year, EU regulations have made it illegal to discharge or return pelagic fish such as herring, mackerel or horse mackerel to the sea after they are caught.

The skipper of a Dutch factory ship has received one of the largest ever penalties for breach of fishing regulations in Irish waters when he had his c(...)

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is facing prosecution for allegedly inciting hatred. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

The mayor of Rotterdam – the only immigrant Muslim mayor of a major European city – has challenged right-wing politician Geert Wilders to spell out ho(...)

Former chairman of the US Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke: in a recent blog he makes several telling points about the mess the euro zone finds itself in.  Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, is reinventing himself as a blogger. In his most recent posting he makes several telling (...)

‘Let’s not forget how seasonal this business is. Given the still fragile nature of Ireland’s recovery and the difficult environment in which the restaurant sector still finds itself.’ Photograph: Getty Images

As president of the Restaurants Association of Ireland I am also a restaurant owner in Sligo and an employer of 34 people. I’m very passionate about e(...)

The minimum age for sexual relations was also raised on Thursday, from 13 to 16, after international bodies including the United Nations and the European Council pressed for a change. Photograph: Getty Images

Spain has raised the minimum age for marriage and sexual relations to 16 from 14 and 13 respectively, bringing the country into line with much of Euro(...)