David Cameron: he has named June 23rd as the date for the UK referendum to decide whether it should remain in the European Union. Photograph:  Carl Court/Getty Images

The shadow boxing is over. British prime minister David Cameron has named June 23rd as the date for a rare UK referendum to decide whether it should r(...)

Dylan Bowe, Diarmaid Gallagher, Aoife Keegan and Orla Fallon of Magh Éne, Bundoran, Co Donegal, holding up white boards to show their knowledge of the subject. Photograph: James Connolly

The first thing that strikes you is the classroom. There are no symmetrical lines of desks facing a whiteboard. Instead, there are small pods of four(...)

Construction site for a refugee centre  in Berlin: A new survey indicates that non-nationals living in Germany are  net contributors  to the country’s welfare system. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Foreign-nationals living in Germany are a boost, not a burden, to the country’s welfare system, according to a new survey.The 6.6 million people livi(...)

Of six social issues under investigation, Ireland performed particularly poorly on poverty prevention, coming in 21st in a 28-country comparison. Photograph: Getty Images

A leading German policy foundation has called on Ireland to do more to boost opportunities for its vulnerable population instead of retaining a narr(...)

Passengers boarding a bus departing for western Europe at the central bus station in Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulgarians and Romanians can work freely in all EU countries, since midnight on December 31st, 2013. Photograph: Vassil Donev/Epa

Two weeks after taking office, chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners are at loggerheads over claims that Germany is facing a wave of so-cal(...)

In the survey, the Irish showed top ratings in the sub-categories of helpfulness and strength of social networks.  Photograph: PA

Despite ongoing economic hardship, a new study indicates that social cohesion in Ireland remains stronger than in Britain, Germany or France. The surv(...)