Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan addresses the Green Party conference in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

In 2011, the two parties that had been in coalition for the previous three and a half years took a huge hiding. It was a disaster for Fianna Fáil. But(...)

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel  and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras  inform the public about their previous talk during a press conference in the Federal Chancellery in Berlin. Photograph: Stephanie Pilick/EPA 3:04

European Parliament president Martin Schulz said in an interview published on Tuesday he expected Greece to reach an agreement with its euro zone part(...)

‘Now, evidently, there is to be no discussion . . . Binyamin  Netanyahu will again form a coalition with the pro-settler party of Naftali Bennett, who coarsely calls the Palestinians “shrapnel in the butt”.’  Photograph: MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images

Hello again to Binyamin Netanyahu as prime minister of Israel. He came clean on the eve of the polls, opposing the existence of the state of Palestine(...)

‘As a 40-year-old, two-term Fine Gael TD, who lost the whip for opposing the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, Terence Flanagan is no ingénu.’ Above with Lucinda Creighton. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Never mind the politics, hear the sniggers. There were plenty of them. But for anyone with a grain of humanity, the sound of a mind-blank occurring(...)

Social Democrat leader Sigmar Gabriel has already given up hope of beating Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s 2017 general election. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany doesn’t go to the polls until 2017 but Social Democrat (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel has already given up hope of beating Angela Merkel. (...)

Prime Minister David Cameron has refused to take part in a head-to-head debate with Labour leader Ed Miliband. Photograph: PA Wire

Prime minister David Cameron and Labour leader Ed Miliband have traded vicious insults as the row about the holding of general election television de(...)

Australia said it will get tough on terrorism with changes to laws to prevent citizens’ involvement in militant groups and to curb so-called hate preachers. Prime Minister Tony Abbott (above) announced the measures after a government review of terrorism threats. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has announced a national security crackdown that could deny welfare payments to people seen as potential threats(...)

Cllr Chris O’Leary, a Sinn Féin councillor on Cork City Council, and Cllr Donnchadh O Laoghaire, a Sinn Féin councillor on Cork County Council, had both sought the nomination to run in Cork South Central. Photograph: Provision

Sinn Féin is to hold a rescheduled selection convention to choose a candidate to run for the party in Cork South Central in the next general election (...)

The latest Red C poll shows Labour has dropped two points to 7 per cent since January 2015, with Fine Gael remaining at 24 per cent.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

The latest Red C opinion poll shows that both Labour and Fianna Fáil have lost public support, while backing for Fine Gael remains unchanged.The opini(...)

French president Francois Hollande: he took drastic action by overriding parliament to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty

French president François Hollande took drastic action on Tuesday to push through a package of business-friendly economic reforms, overriding parliam(...)