President Michael D Higgins said democracy was “made fragile”, most often unintentionally, whenever decisions that were the legitimate object of political debate were abandoned to the automaticity of rigid fiscal rules. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The challenges being faced by the European Union may also present a “generational opportunity” to rekindle the European vision, President Michael D Hi(...)

 Chancellor Angela Merkel has authorised a Turkish demand for criminal proceedings against German TV comedian Jan Böhmermann (right) over a satirical poem about President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) in a bitter row over free speech. Photograph: Rolf Vennenbernd/AFP/Getty Images

One of Germany’s leading satirists could face jail time for insulting the Turkish president after Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to a request from An(...)

A man holds his hands up behind a chain link fence as Pakistani and Afghan migrants protest inside the Moria detention centre in Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos on Tuesday  against deportation to Turkey.  Photograph: Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

A further 30 refugees are expected to arrive in Ireland from Greece by the end of the month, as the government seeks to meet its commitments under th(...)

Ceasefire agreed in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region after three days of heavy fighting claimed dozens of lives. Photograph: Vahan Stepanyan/AFP/Getty Images

Azerbaijan and Armenian-backed forces in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh agreed to a ceasefire on Tuesday, after three days of heavy fighting (...)

Migrants and refugees collect firewood in the makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni, on Thursday. Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Refugee and rights groups have raised serious concerns about a European Union plan to stem the migration crisis, as Greece and Turkey rush to be ready(...)

 Emergency services inspect the area following a suicide bombing in  central Istanbul. Photograph: Getty

An Irish-Algerian family who were injured in a suicide bombing attack in Istanbul on Saturday that killed four people has returned home to Ireland. (...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel gives a joint press conference in Brussels during the European Union summit to discuss the ongoing refugee crisis. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images

Syrian refugees arriving in Greece from tomorrow face being returned to Turkey under a radical new refugee plan agreed yesterday in Brussels. But ev(...)

A migrant child stands at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border, near the Greek village of Idomeni. Photograph: Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images

Irregular migrants arriving in Greece from this Sunday face being returned to Turkey under a new refugee deal agreed by the European Union and Turkey.(...)

European Union president Donald Tusk: “More cautious than optimistic” about chances of an agreement. Photograph: Getty Images

European Union leaders agreed late last night to offer Turkey financial and political concessions if it stops migrants reaching Greece. German chance(...)

Enda Kenny: The “conversation with Eamon Ryan was very good, very constructive and very straight forward”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fine Gael has held “very good, and very constructive” talks with the Green Party about forming a new government,Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speaki(...)