EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.  While technically the union can trundle on and is not obliged to respond to the vagaries of general elections, the anti-establishment vote is, in part, an expression of frustration at EU as well as national elites.   AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

In October last year, Enda Kenny took to the stage at the European People’s Party congress in Madrid and told the tale of Ireland’s return to economi(...)

Protesters in Melbourne   urge the Australian government not to send 267 people – including 37 babies born in Australia – back to immigration detention in Nauru, 3,000km away. Photograph: Chris Hopkins/Getty Images

Australia’s ambivalence over asylum seekers is dominating headlines again, with churches, writers and thousands of ordinary citizens calling on the go(...)

“The takeaway message from its negative poster this week might be that it has ceded control of the narrative to Fine Gael.”  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

In the week running up to the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in Citywest there has been no shortage of reminders of the party’s past. The Oireachtas banking inq(...)

Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party: it would “not be long” before the Netherlands faced Cologne-style “group attacks” on women. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Two dead pigs have been removed by police from the site of a proposed centre for 500 refugees in the south of the Netherlands – the second time that p(...)

Tima Kurdi lifts up her 5-month-old nephew Sherwan Kurdi after her brother Mohamed Kurdi and his family arrived in Vancouver. Photograph: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP

The uncle of drowned Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi, whose body pictured on a Turkish beach three months ago prompted a global outcry, arrived in Canada wi(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The  “mini Schengen” plan of cutting back the borderless zone to just five countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Austria – was being discussed before the Paris attacks. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

It’s a sign of how fractious the European debate over the future of Schengen has become that the only coherent proposal this weekend is one f(...)

It seemed to him that of late a little change had come over the manner in which Parliamentary struggles were conducted. It was useless for them to say(...)

The whiff of weed is spreading across the globe as more countries decriminalise the possession of small quantities of cannabis. The Netherlands has(...)

Canadian Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau with his wife Sophie: Mr Trudeau said Canadians had spoken loudly in favour of a government “with a vision and an agenda for this country that is positive and ambitious and hopeful”. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Canada’s prime minister-elect, Justin Trudeau, fresh from Monday’s decisive electoral victory, will have his work cut out for him when it comes to i(...)

Former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau with his sons Justin (left), Sacha (right) in Ottawa in a 1983 file photo.  Photograph: Andy Clark/Reuters

As a young man, Justin Trudeau continually sought respite from his father’s long shadow. He debated in university as Jason Tremblay, boxed as Justin (...)