Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow yesterday. He said Russia would “be forced – absolutely forced – to take appropriate measures in response” to plans to ramp up Nato in eastern Europe. Photograph: Alexei Druzhinin/Reuters

Moscow has withdrawn most of its troops from Ukraine, the country’s president Petro Poroshenko has said, as Russia threatened military and economic re(...)

European Commission president elect Jean-Claude Juncker gestures as he addresses the media on the attribution of portfolios to the Commissioners-designate at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

The incoming head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled an EU executive team today that handed key economic responsibilities to Fr(...)

A Ukrainian soldier on a military vehicle in Kramatorsk, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Roman Pilipey

Members of Nato will supply arms to Kiev in its battle with separatist rebels, Ukraine’s president Petro Poroshenko has said, while claiming the co(...)

 Cardinal Timothy Dolan,  Archbishop of New York, at the jubilee Mass in the Cathedral of   Christ the King, Mullingar,  yesterday,  with   papal nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown and  the Bishop of Meath Dr Michael Smith, to  mark the 75th anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral in the diocese of Meath. Photograph:  John McElroy

Cardinal Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan attended celebrations in Mullingar yesterday to mark the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Cathedr(...)

‘The Ukraine crisis has also prompted Ireland’s fellow EU neutrals Sweden and Finland to take a significant step closer to Nato membership in signing agreements to allow Nato deployment and training operations on their territory.’ above, The first session of the Nato summit  in Newport, south Wales. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

In truth Nato owes Vladimir Putin. Big time. While the alliance’s members would much rather he had not sent troops into Ukraine, in doing so, the Russ(...)

A garda acquitted by a court of assaulting a prisoner has launched a High Court challenge aimed at preventing an internal Garda disciplinary inquiry (...)

Russian President Vladimir Putin at an event marking the 75th anniversary of the battle of Khalkhin Gol during celebrations of the event in Ulan Bator, Mongolia.

Russia’s ban on imports of food from Europe, part of its response to EU sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis, could cost the European Union €5 bi(...)

Construction workers build a waterfront apartment block, operated by Skai Holdings LLC, on Palm Jumeirah artificial island in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Photographer: Gilles Ledos/Bloomberg

Ireland has moved up three places in the global rankings in the World Economic Forum’s latest competitiveness survey.The Geneva-based forum’s Global C(...)

German president Joachim Gauck (left) and Polish president Bronisaw Komorowski at the commemoration of the start of the second World War 75 years ago in Gdansk, Poland, on Monday. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

German president Joachim Gauck has been accused of “pouring oil on the fire” in Ukraine by criticising Russia at a ceremony to mark the outbreak of t(...)

There is a real sense, with the election of Donald Tusk as president-elect of the European Council, that Donald Rumsfeld’s “Old Europe” and “New Europ(...)