Pope Francis: will receive the Charlemagne Prize at a ceremony in the Vatican on Friday. Photograph:  Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has failed to fulfil its founding promise of better economic security, conditions and opportunities for its citizens, the president(...)

People walk in front of billboards with the picture of German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the words; ‘Solidarity with the refugees’, in Gaziantep, Turkey. Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and top European Union officials are travelling close to Turkey’s border with Syria on Saturday in a bid to bolster th(...)

A boy stands outside a tent at a makeshift camp for refugees and migrants at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece. Photograph: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

The number of migrants arriving in Europe through the Western Balkan routes has dropped considerably as a result of EU action, European Council presid(...)

Top, Donnacha Dennehy and Colm Tóibín. Bottom, Joseph Conrad and Roger Casement. Photographs: Britt Olsen-Ecker, Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images, George C Beresford/Getty Images

All this week, the National Concert Hall’s Imagining Home series of concerts is inviting artists to examine Irish identity, history and the legacy of(...)

British prime minister David Cameron after an EU summit on migrants held at the European Union council building in Brussels earlier this month. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

In the three years since British prime minister David Cameron announced his plan to hold a referendum on Britain’s European Union membership in Januar(...)

A girl is covered with a blanket as refugees and migrants arrive on a dinghy on the shore near the city of Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos, on Sunday. Photograph: Reuters

Refugees and migrants arriving in Europe will be sent back across the Aegean sea under the terms of a deal between the EU and Turkey that came into fo(...)

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.(...)

Children play on the railway tracks at the Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek border with Macedonia on Thursday, March 17th. Thousands of migrants are stranded at the  camp. Photograph:  Matt Cardy/Getty Images

EU leaders met in Brussels yesterday in a second attempt to secure agreement on a provisional EU-Turkey plan agreed at a summit 10 days ago. While le(...)

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(...)