Prof Michael O’Flaherty of NUI Galway at Palmyra Park in Galway city. He says the shelter Europe is offering refugees now is a shadow of what they did 20 years ago. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Ireland and its European partners need to be “far more generous” in response to Syrians and other refugees fleeing conflict, Irish Centre for Human(...)

Rescued migrants disembark off the Italian Guardia di Finanza vessel Denaro at the Sicilian harbour of Catania on April 23rd, 2015. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images.

The EU’s executive body is to unveil radical new proposals on immigration, imposing migrant quotas on the 28 countries of the union under a distributi(...)

Italian citizens hug after arriving at Practica di Mare military base near Rome, Italy, 16th February 2015. A group of around 60 Italians returned from Libya overnight after being evacuated because of security concerns about the advance of ISIS extremist Islamic group in the North African nation. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

Italians woke up on Monday to the worrying reality of a threat from Islamic State “signed with blood against the nation of the cross”. Against the bac(...)

Greta Ramelli (left) and Vanessa Marzullo, two Italian aid workers taken hostage in Syria five months ago, arrive at Ciampino airport in Rome.  Italy’s foreign ministry said the pair were taken hostage while seeking to provide healthcare assistance in the embattled northern city of Aleppo. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters

Two Italian women abducted by Islamist militants while doing aid work in northern Syria last year have been freed and are en route home, Italy’s gover(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel: “The commission has made clear that what has been put on the table so far is insufficient.” Photograph: Joerg Carstensen/EPA

Italy reacted angrily yesterday to demands from German chancellor Angela Merkel that it enact more reforms to bring its 2015 budget in line with EU fi(...)

Italian marines prepare to check and document African migrants after transporting them from a commercial ship to a navy vessel in the Mediterranean Sea between Italy and Libya early in October   2014. Photograph: Lynsey Addario/The New York Times)

The Italian navy will continue a search and rescue mission which has saved the lives of an estimated 150,000 refugees because no order has been receiv(...)

On Monday, Italy and later France published letters to commision vice president for economic affairs Jyrki Katainen outlining adjustments to next year’s budgets that would further trim deficits

The European Commission called tweaks to France and Italy’s 2015 budgets “useful and constructive” on Tuesday as it prepared to decide whether the cou(...)

Silvio Berlusconi: analysts will be watching the country that, three years ago, nearly single-handedly sank the euro under the media tycoon’s stewardship. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty

  The Italian government yesterday reacted calmly to the results of the European Central Bank’s stress tests, identifying Italy as the cou(...)

The Thai government has introduced insurance for visitors whose policies have a null-and-void provision due to the coup in May

INSURANCE FOR THAILAND The Thai government has introduced online travel insurance for visitors whose policies have a null-and-void provision d(...)

An Alitalia logo sits on the wing of an aircraft operated by Alitalia during its flight from Fiumicino airport in Rome. Photographer: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi’s state-owned Etihad Airways said today it had agreed principal terms and conditions to buy a 49 per cent stake in Italy’s loss-making airli(...)