European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker jokes with UKip leader Nigel Farage  in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

As Britain’s prime minister David Cameron faced mounting criticism from within his own party about his draft reform agreement with the European Union,(...)

In the Netherlands the number of political parties that had their manifestos costed by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis went from three in 1986 up to ten in the last election (2012). (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Elections are the moment for political parties to present their ambitions for the nation and for citizens to set the course. Citizens are best place(...)

The cockpit wreckage of Flight MH17: on December 15th, Putin signed a  law allowing the Constitutional Court in Moscow to overrule  decisions of international courts where they contradict the principle of supremacy of the Russian constitution. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

With the findings of the criminal investigation into the Flight MH17 disaster due in mid-year, it’s instructive to see Russia’s president Vladimir Put(...)

EU Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos: while recognising “poor progress” has been made by “frontline” member states, he said this was “not about the end of Schengen”. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

The European Parliament urged EU member states to strengthen the Schengen free-travel system on Tuesday, as the European Commission increased pressure(...)

The recently-discovered “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” is presented at the Noordbrabants Museum in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/Piroschka van de Wouw

A priceless painting by the 16th century Dutch master Hieronymus Bosch – best known for his nightmarish depictions of hell – has been discovered in st(...)

An eagle attacks a drone  in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Photograph: Nederlands Politie/Reuters

As the use of drones increasingly worries everyone from fire fighters and air traffic control to law enforcement, Netherlands’ national police have al(...)

A report by Indeed shows that 29 per cent of the Republic’s workers are employed in science and technology roles, 23 per cent more than in 2010. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The skills gap cited as a potential threat to the State’s ability to attract new job- creating investment is narrowing, but a new survey has found th(...)

The OECD report shows that about one in five Irish university graduates can manage basic literacy and numeracy tasks but struggle with more complex tasks.   File photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Irish university students have some of the poorest literacy and numeracy skills in the developed world, based on an analysis by the Organisation for E(...)

The difference between what we pay and what people pay in other countries varied according to each wine. However, Ireland is comfortably the most expensive country in which to buy almost all of the wines I looked at

I often meet wine Irish Times readers who holiday in France and complain bitterly about the price of wine here. These are, I would imagine, mostly mo(...)

European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans says most of those fleeing to Europe are economic migrants. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

More than half of those fleeing to Europe from the Middle East and Africa are economic migrants and not asylum seekers fleeing the horrors of war in I(...)