In  France, police escort buses with migrants who tried to walk through the Channel Tunnel to Britain overnight. Senior figures have criticised Britain’s plan to take in just 20,000 refugees over the next five years. Photograph: Pascal Rossignol/Reuters

Some of Britain’s most senior former judicial figures criticised prime minister David Cameron’s government yesterday for its response to the EU migra(...)

Kent Harstedt, OSCE special co-ordinator: ‘It is clear that Belarus still has a long way to go towards fulfilling its democratic commitments.’ Photograph: Maxim Malinovsky/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union is poised to ease sanctions on Belarusian president Aleksandar Lukashenko and his allies despite criticism of his re-election by in(...)

Sir Hugh Orde, former president of the Association of Chief Police Officers speaks at the launch of the new ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’ campaign launch in London, on Monday. Photograph: Reuters

Leaving EU would hamper the fight against crime, Britain will be less safe from international criminals, would be diminished on the world stage and su(...)

A Cork rally has heard that the homelessness crisis could be solved with the necessary political will. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The homelessness crisis could be solved with the necessary political will, given that there are several sources of funding available to the Government(...)

A man asks for help after an explosion during a peace march in Ankara on Saturday. Photograph: Tumay Berkin/Reuters

Eighty-six people were killed in twin bomb blasts in the Turkish capital Ankara on Saturday, while another 186 people were wounded including 28 who a(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

The UN  hopes to get commitments from more than 190 countries to keep global warming below 2 degrees. Photograph: Kadir van Lohuizen/New York Times

The Government is to lobby the EU for a lower cut in the State’s greenhouse emissions than the proposed 40 per cent target Brussels is seeking. While(...)

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of  EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Luxembourg where the meeting focused on  a system to keep out migrants who do not qualify for asylum. Photograph: Julien Warnand/ EPA

The European Union pledged on Thursday to step up deportation of illegal migrants. As EU justice and home affairs ministers signed off on new plans to(...)