The idea of a specific EU neighbourhood policy to deal with countries to its east began to gain ground in 2007 and 2008, supported by countries such as Poland and Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

Eighteen months after the last Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius, EU leaders gather in Riga today for a two-day summit on the EU’s relationship wi(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at a meeting of EU foreign and defence ministers  in Brussels. The bloc has agreed a naval mission targeting people smugglers in the Mediterranean. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The EU has agreed a naval mission in the Mediterranean to target gangs smuggling migrants from Libya, but parts of a broader plan to deal with the inf(...)

Yvonne Long (30), originally from Curraghchase, Kilcornan, Co Limerick, was travelling to Krakow airport with her Danish husband Soren Buchtrup and their two children when the tragedy occurred.

The husband of an Irish woman killed with her two-year-old daughter in a car crash in Poland has written a poignant tribute to the “two most important(...)

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici presents the EU executive’s spring economic forecasts during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Ireland has re-emerged as one of Europe’s top performers but high debt levels continue to pose an “uncertainty”, according to the European Commission.(...)

 Paddy Barnes fights Zou Shiming in the light flyweight semi-final at the London Olympics in 2012. The 28-year-old is set to compete at the record-breaking third Olympics. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Paddy Barnes tells the story of how the kids in Belfast began calling him Paddy Bronze after London 2012. They may set high standards in the Ardoyne,(...)

Sir, – Brian Dineen (March 18th) writes, “Outdated notions that sharply delineate parental responsibilities in a gendered fashion are not a sound b(...)

Caitriona Moorish (above) eported the water contamination last week at Moyola Park in Newcastle, Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Irish Water’s handling of a domestic water contamination issue in Galway has been criticised by affected residents who have questioned why it took so (...)

‘The Judeo-Christian faith always taught that marriage was initiated by God at creation (Gen 1:27, 28).’ Photograph: Getty Images

On May 22nd people will be asked to add to the Constitution’s article on the family: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons(...)

The Bundestag is expected to vote on the extension of the Greek loan programme on Friday after the eurogroup yesterday approved reform measures propo(...)

Greek presidential guards in Athens. At issue again is the cohesion of the euro zone, and whether Germany, and a majority of the 19-member Eurogroup, are willing to countenance a Greek exit. Photograph: Reuters

Almost four weeks after Alexis Tsipras swept to power in the Greek elections, Greece and its international creditors remain locked in a game of high-s(...)