St Kilda, a beachside area in  Melbourne, Australia, which, for the fourth year in a row remains the most liveable location of  140 cities surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit.  Photograph:  Tourism Victoria

Dublin may struggle to make it into the top 50 most liveable cities on the planet, but it is apparently still a more desirable place to call home th(...)

It may be one of the most sought after places to live judging by property prices but in terms of liveability Dublin comes way down the list.According (...)

Lawsuit is open to all Facebook users outside of the US and Canada as they have a contract with Facebook International, based in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Privacy campaigner Max Schrems has launched a class-action lawsuit in Vienna against US social network Facebook’s data retention practices.Mr Schrems (...)

Prince Albert of Britain sharing a carriage with Alexander, Crown Prince of Serbia, in  London in 1916. Two years earlier Serbia’s dispute with Austria over the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo led to the outbreak of the first World War. Photograph: PA Wire

The hopes of a peaceful settlement of the dispute between Austria and Servia, which many optimists entertained at the commencement of the week, wer(...)

A Canadian soldier (left) lights a German prisoner’s cigarette during the first World War at Paschendale on the western front, November 1917. In an editorial more than three years earlier, the Berliner Tageblatt newspaper said there was still reason to expect that “all of Europe will not be set alight because of a few Serbian agitators and duke murderer”. Photograph: Reuters

The Austrian-Serbian War/Diplomatic Ties CutAn Unsatisfactory AnswerJubilation in ViennaDeparture of the Serbian ambassadorPrime minister [of Serbia N(...)

Kaiser Wilhelm II distributing iron crosses on the Western Front in the first World War in 1916. Only days before the outbreak of the war in 1914, Serbs hoped a conflict could be averted. Photograph: PA

TODAY’S SITUATION Yesterday was one of Belgrade’s most interesting and important days. The situation was very serious but Belgrade stayed dignified, c(...)

A regiment of French marine fusiliers arriving in the ruined square in Cambrai, France, in 1914, after the outbreak of the first World War. As late as July 25th that year Le Petit Parisien newspaper hoped that war could be avoided. Photograph:  PA

Will Serbia give in to the Austrian ultimatum? Such complete humiliation would be tantamount to abdication Such is the general opinion France and Russ(...)

Archduke Franz Ferdinand with his wife, Sophie, on the Appel Quay in Saraevo shortly before their assassination on June 28th, 1914. The murders led to Austria delivering an ultimatum to Serbia on July 23rd, which in turn led to the outbreak of the first World War. Photograph: EPA/Museum of Military History, Vienna

Will the Austrian government’s ultimatum be sent to Belgrade today? Reports in yesterday’s Vienna Free Press in relation to the tone of the dip(...)

‘Prime Suspect’ author Lynda La Plante. Photograph: Ben Pruchnie/GC Images

Best known, perhaps, as the writer of the TV series Prime Suspect, Lynda La Plante has published over 30 novels. Twisted (Simon & Schuster,€27.50)(...)

“Language . . . isn’t a hiding place. It is a finding place,” observed novelist Jeanette Winterson. It was the great gift of lexicographer Diarmaid Ó (...)