A referendum campaign poster that reads ‘Yes (Nai)’ is seen on a bus stop with a graffiti that reads ‘No (Oxi)’ painted on it in Athens, on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

Supporters of Greece’s bailout terms have taken a wafer-thin lead over the ‘No’ vote backed by the leftist government, 48 hours before a referendum(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsirpas delivers a televised address to the nation from his office at Maximos Mansion on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty

Another day of turmoil unfolded in Brussels on Wednesday as the Greek public faced their third day of capital controls and persistent uncertainty over(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

The head of a key European institution has said that Sunday’s referendum in Greece falls below acceptable international standards for such plebiscites(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (right) speaks to Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban before the Eastern Partnership summit session in Riga, on May 22nd. Mr Juncker smilingly greeted Mr Orban with the words: “Hello dictator”. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

It was a quick one-liner, delivered tongue-in-cheek but loud enough for the assembled media to hear. As Jean-Claude Juncker greeted leaders at the Eas(...)

Bríd Cummins, who was found dead in 2004 in the house she was to be evicted from

Julie Grace was just 10 years old when she learned her best lesson about human feelings. She and her cousin Breda were having a giggle about a neig(...)

A handout photo released by the family of Vincent Lambert. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

The European Court of Human Rights on Friday has said France can take a man in a coma off life support, in a case that has torn a family apart and cou(...)

Slapping is widely practised, though it’s been declining sharply over recent years. Photograph: Getty Images

It’s highly unlikely – despite a ruling by the Council of Europe on Wednesday that Ireland’s laws, which permit the slapping of children, are a vio(...)

Children’s campaigners have called for a total prohibition on corporal punishment following a ruling by the Council of Europe that the lack of a clear(...)

The physical punishment of children is illegal in 22 countries, but Ireland has been slow to outlaw the practice completely. Some 15 years ago the leg(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said Irish parents have “moved away” from smacking children but stressed the State wants to be in full compliance with Europe’s leading human rights body.

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald has said Irish parents have “moved away” from smacking children but stressed the State wants to be in full com(...)