Gerry Adams: The responses point to the continued isolation of Sinn Féin from the political mainstream. Photograph: The Irish Times

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker famously said some years ago that mainstream politicians know what to do but just don’t know how to (...)

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko. After his last re-election five years ago prompting a brutal police crackdown and the arrest of hundreds of people, including several presidential candidates. Photograph: Nikolai Petrov/Belta/Pool/EPA

The European Union is poised to suspend sanctions on autocratic Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and his allies, if Sunday’s election brings no (...)

Bavarian premier Horst Seehofer said the federal government’s departure from standard EU asylum practice was endangering the stability of Germany’s federal states. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel is facing an escalating political revolt after challenges to her position in the refugee crisis from her conservativ(...)

Ukip leader Nigel Farage makes a closing speech at the end of the party’s annual conference in September. Photograph: Ian Forsyth/Getty Images

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has said there would be no fundamental change to the relationship between Ireland and the UK should a forthcoming referendum (...)

 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker: “We must make efforts towards a practical relationship with Russia . . . that must be the case. We can’t go on like this.” Photograph: Armin Weigel/EPA

The European Commission has denied there are divisions within the European Union over Russia following comments about EU policy by Jean-Claude Junc(...)

Report suggested a campaign be launched by the HSE to promote greater use of generic drugs. Photograph: Getty Images

Pharmacists should be offered financial incentives to supply certain generic drugs as part of a drive to reduce drugs costs in Ireland, an Oireachtas (...)

Owen Killian, CEO Aryzta. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

In 1997, the former Irish Agricultural Wholesale Society (IAWS), later to become Aryzta, acquired the Cuisine de France brand for IR£51 million (€64 m(...)

Kaci Kullmann Five, the new head of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, announces the winner of 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. Photograph: Heiko Junge/EPA

The National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. The jury cited the group for “its decisive contribution to the buildin(...)

Greek yogurt and honey: Greece won an international court case recently to protect the names of   Greek yogurt and feta cheese as distinctly Greek products

In 2012 Michael Noonan said that Irish people knew little of Greece except for the feta cheese on supermarket shelves. Condescending though the remark(...)

Peter Sutherland: the disgraceful situation in the refugee camp in Calais reflected European disarray on migration and refugees. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The United Nations Representative for International Migration, Peter Sutherland, has warned that the common humanity of Europeans could be sacrificed (...)