The UK  is about to leave the main political-economic club on the continent without any broader strategy as to how it will manage its relationship with that organisation. Photograph:  Olivier Matthys/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic: In the coming months and years its contradictions will become painfully apparent

Murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (left) and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman: Ireland’s silence in the face of state violence may begin to sound uncomfortably like tolerance.  Photographs: Mohammed al-Shaikh and Oscar del Pozo

Kingdom’s support for Irish seat on UN Security Council is diplomatically tricky

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. When he leaves office, he will bequeath an occupation of Palestinian territories that is as entrenched, as morally indefensible as it was when he came to power. Photograph: Abir Sultan/EPA

Israeli premier will leave behind a deeply fractured society

Boris Johnson on a visit to a farm near  Aberdeen on Friday: Brexit and the prime minister’s coming to power have pushed the  British constitution to its limits.  Photograph: Andrew Milligan/Getty Images

Britain’s unwritten constitution badly exposed by cultural civil war

 Chernobyl. The aftermath of the (much smaller) nuclear accident that occurred this month in  Russia’s Arkhangelsk region carries unsettling echoes of the Chernobyl cover up of 30 years ago. Photograph:  Yuri Kazakov/Reuters

Russia has tried to hide what happened in Nenoksa but it’s impossible in the digital age

 British prime minister Boris Johnson: By the time of the Brexit referendum in 2016, the Anglosphere had established itself in right-wing mythology as the promised land. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

World View: Suggestion that likes of US, Australia offer alternative to EU is fantasy

The Berlaymont building, headquarters of the European Commission, in Brussels. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Takeover by politicians in recent decades has weakened European Commission

Christine Lagarde: being the unlikely candidate has consistently been the making of her. Photograph: Saul Loeb

Poised to take helm at ECB, French role model has talent for right place at right time

The Council of Europe’s founding members were all western European states with broadly similar values, but with the fall of the Iron Curtain it rapidly expanded eastwards to take in a swathe of ex-Soviet bloc states in transition to democracy. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

Irish politicians went against UK in voting for Russia’s return to Europe’s human rights watchdog

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Irish troops in Mali in January. The existing troops are there in a non-combat training role.

World View: Government is remarkably reticent about its move to send forces to Mali

French far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National) party leader Marine Le Pen: has ditched the idea of scrapping the euro and exiting the EU. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

World View: Far-right populists have quietly shelved their EU exit policies amid Brexit

 Donald Trump and Viktor Orban in the White House this week. The encounter was largely framed as a meeting of ideological allies but the agenda is likely to have been dominated by questions that put them at loggerheads. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Pool via Bloomberg

Nationalists are expected to do well in the European election but their ability to coalesce is doubtful

 A billboard of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an election campaign poster in Russian, in Jerusalem, on Friday. Israelis go to the polls in a general election next Tuesday.  Photograph: Jim Hollander?EPA

The economy may be prospering but the country is no closer to addressing its fundamental tensions

An elderly woman washes her belongings in the mud, in Chimanimani, Zimbabwe, earlier this week. An area of 394sq km had been flooded in the wake of a powerful cyclone. Photograph: Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images

A cold snap in Chicago in January drew more commentary

Hundreds of students gather to protest the decision of Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika (82) to run for a fifth term, in Algiers, earlier this week. Photograph:  Anis Belghoul/AP Photo

Unlike in 2011, the Bouteflika regime cannot simply throw money at the problem

Shamima Begum (19) in a Syrian refugee camp reading a copy of the UK home office letter stripping her of British citizenship. Photograph: ITV News/PA Wire

World View: The UK's decision to revoke the 19-year-old's citizenship is morally flawed and legally dubious

Close up: Emmanuel Macron during a visit to Evry-Courcouronnes, France, this week. He has been one of the most vocal champions recently of greater separation between media and political power. EPA/Ludovic Marin/EPA

The media enjoys a very close, if not too close, relationship with politicians

French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel exchange the French-German friendship treaty during the signing ceremony  in Aachen, Germany, on Tuesday. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

In an EU of 27, France and Germany have less room for manoeuvre than they once enjoyed

Pessimism is often used as an excuse – the belief that nothing can be done relieves the burden of having to do anything. Photograph: Mariano Sayno via Getty Images

These policy ideas are starting points in a long-term strategy to eliminate child poverty

A  US soldier sits in the rear of Chinook helicopter while flying over Kabul. Photograph: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s chaotic plans are counterproductive but he is right to try to disengage

US president Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un hold a signing ceremony at the conclusion of their summit on the resort island of Sentosa, Singapore in June. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Brexit activated, Trump unshackled, populism bedded in – it’s a glass-half-empty outlook

Otherworldly villains:  A Boris Johnson impersonator walks alongside Jacob Rees-Mogg. Leavers had a powerful, emotionally resonant issue: immigration. Photograph:  Henry Nicholls

World View: Remain side is still failing to sell its case despite possibility of a second referendum

 Tocqueville: the Frenchman’s two-volume account of his travels in the United States in 1831 retains a freshness

Some of his fears about the durability of US democracy have been realised

Through the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Ireland will plug into new global networks for when France will be Ireland’s closest neighbour in the EU. Photograph: Muhammed Muheisen/AP

Transactional logic must link with linguistics as State courts French-speaking nations

US president Donald Trump with his nominee for the supreme court, Brett Kavanaugh, last July. In the postwar decades, judges around the world looked to the US supreme court for inspiration. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

As the US supreme court turns inward, the rest of the world is in turn paying less attention to it

Algerians forced to the ground by the  French military in 1955 in Kabylia, Algeria: the Algerian war poisons relations between Paris and Algiers to this day.  Photograph: Michel Desjardins/Gamma-Rapho via Getty

World View: Paris at last starts to face up to state’s torture and murder in Algerian war

New Zealand landscape. In 1971 Wellington and the EEC agreed a special arrangement for New Zealand’s butter, cheese and lamb sectors, which were all vital to the national economy.

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic: We can learn a lot from the Pacific nation’s fate in the 1970s

‘In fairness to Kofi Annan, he expressed a sense of institutional responsibility for what happened in Rwanda.’ Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP

Diplomat was last secretary general to seem like a central player in international drama

Mabella Market in Freetown, Sierra Leone: Many Sierra Leoneans put themselves at great risk – and often paid with their lives – to treat the sick, clean hospital wards, bury the dead and mobilise a public response. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

‘Getting to Zero’ starkly reveals local valour in face of West’s superficial aid

The UN Security Council in New York.  Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

A guide to how Ireland can secure a Security Council seat, and what we need to avoid

US permanent representative to UN Nikki Haley:  called rights body a “protector of human-rights abusers, and a cesspool of political bias”. Photograph: Justin Lane/EPA

While rights body is scarred by hypocrisy, US involvement has always been for the better

Saudi Arabia crown prince Mohammad bin Salman, Fifa president Gianni Infantino and Russian president Vladimir Putin  in Moscow on Thursday. Photograph:  Alexei Druzhinin/Sputnik/EPA

Encouragingly, political leaders’ attempts to leverage the tournament for personal gain tend to end in failure

Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte leaves his house in Rome, on Friday. The prospect of an autumn election in Italy has receded for now. Photograph: EPA/Massimo Percossi

Italian president’s veto looked like the establishment trying to stymie the will of the people

EUPOL COPPS, the European Union’s police and justice mission, based in Ramallah, comprises more than 100 serving police officers from around Europe, including several from Ireland.  Photograph: EUPOL COPPS

Ruadhán Mac Cormaic: The EU is helping to rebuild a police force on the West Bank

Ruqayeh al-Araj was five years old in 1948, when the war came to Walaja. She hopes one day she will be able to return to her old village

Ruqayeh (75) was five when shelling forced her from her village. She has not been back

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in embrace: The diplomatic history of the past half-century is filled with joint statements that included similar vague promises to those agreed at Panmunjom. Photograph: Korea Summit Press Pool/Pool via Reuters

World View: History suggests North Korea-US rapprochement destined to fail

Supporters of Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo’s Tahrir square on Monday following his re-election for a second term. Photograph: Mohamed el-Shahed/AFP/Getty Images

Sham elections tell autocrats as much about their friends as their enemies

Russian pride: Vladimir Putin at naval exercises in 2000. Photograph: by Laski Diffusion/Getty

Shaun Walker charts Putin’s mission to fill the Soviet void; Michel Eltchaninoff traces Putinism

Russian president Vladimir Putin:  the Department of Foreign Affairs has been silent on his recent re-election. Photograph: Yuri Kadobnov/Reuters

Irish slow response to Salisbury attack dictated by interests of other EU states

The Promo and Destock store, a French kosher grocery store in Créteil, south of Paris, after it was destroyed in an arson attack. Photograph: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

World View: Front National’s rebranding masks an alarming rise in anti-Jewish sentiment

Emmanuel Macron at the launch of the European Head of States and Governments in Brussels on Friday: parties jumping aboard his new centrist vehicle will have to be unhappy with its current arrangement. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The French president is looking for Irish parties to join his new European bloc

An injured child receives treatment following bombings on several areas of eastern Ghouta, at a hospital in Douma, Syria. Photograph: Mohammed Badra/EPA

Violence in Ghouta ‘spiralling out of control’ as 250 die in government bombardment

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: US president Donald Trump’s  decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital  made it impossible for the Palestinian Authority under Abbas to sit down at the negotiating table. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

It is time to plan for a new process once Trump leaves office

 Tunisians wave national flags during a celebration to mark the seventh anniversary of the uprising that ousted president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali at the Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis last month. Photograph: Mohamed Messara/EPA

Struggling country is shining example to rest of world but needs assistance

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: following budget negotiations with the finance ministry, Israel plans to close seven diplomatic missions over the next three years. Photograph: Jim Hollander

To reduce costs, Dublin placed on potential closure list of seven, Israeli paper reports

The Great Siege monument in Valletta, Malta, was turned into a shrine for journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia after she was killed by a car bomb last October. Photograph: Matthew Mirabelli/AFP/Getty Images

The focus on the US president’s threats to the media distracts from deadly challenges elsewhere

President Donald Trump, flanked by interior secretary Ryan Zinke, secretary of state Rex Tillerson, and defence secretary James Mattis. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

On a range of issues, Washington continues to say one thing and do another

Saudi crown prince: Mohammed bin Salman. Photograph: Bandar al-Jaloud/Saudi royal palace/AFP

More conflict looks likely as a stable Iran faces a belligerent Saudi regime

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Russian leader Vladimir Putin. They  appear to have made progress on the sale of an advanced Russian S-400 air missile defence system to Turkey. Photograph: Getty Images

US retreat has allowed Russia to spread its influence on a scale not seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Attending the African summit would have been a way for Varadkar to signal that Ireland was taking an active interest in EU affairs beyond its own backyard. Photograph: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

Brexit has shone an unflattering light on Dublin’s relationship-building skills

The EU Division has returned to Iveagh House and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney is one of the most powerful people in the Cabinet.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Iveagh House excels at big issues such as UN and EU. Brexit will focus its energies

President Michael D Higgins meeting refugees at the Goal nutrition centre in Tierkadi Refugee Camp, during his visit to  Ethiopia in 2014. Photograph:  Chris Bellew/Fennell

The professionalisation of aid, and its concentration in a small number of mega-NGOs, has caused its own problems

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Government ministers tend not to speak any foreign languages. Mr Varadkar has twice gone to Downing Street but has yet to pay a visit to Paris or Berlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Tight links to Anglosphere have blinded Ireland to other political and trade avenues

French president Emmanuel Macron gives a statement at the Élysée Palace in Paris, France. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

World View: French leader’s bold initiative may drive the next phase of the EU

Aung San Suu Kyi delivering the speech in which she refused to criticise the military. Photograph: Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images

The weak response from the Nobel laureate to ethnic cleansing of Rohingya is grotesque

Members of the Halawa family – Nosayba, Omaima (with her baby Abdullah), Khadija, Fatima and Somaia – celebrate at home in Dublin after hearing news of their brother Ibrahim’s acquittal in Cairo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Family and Government differed on strategy at times during four-year legal saga

Trumpian agenda:  Budapest has erected a fence along its eastern border to keep migrants out of the country. Photograph: Srdjan Stevanovic/Getty

World View: Europe’s leaders remain silent on the authoritarian drift in their ranks

Ibrahim Halawa: physical and mental health has deteriorated in detention

Senior figures believe 21-year-old Irish man could be back in Ireland within weeks

United Nations Security Council meeting at its headquarters in New York: Away from winding corridors, the real election deals will be struck  in expensive restaurants and in theatres and bars around the world.

World View: UN ethical values must not be neglected in Ireland’s quest for a seat

The usual channel of communication between the Four Courts and Merrion Street is the Association of Judges of Ireland

Letter regarding planned reforms carries more weight than usual channel partly because it’s so rare

Hillary Clinton, when she was US secretary of state, proposed integrating women and girls into everything her department did. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Gender equality is not only a moral imperative, it’s also smart realpolitik

‘Almost every week for the past year, Donald Trump has said or done things that would have finished another politician.’ Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The president is pushing up against document’s boundaries - and may reveal its flaws

Susan Denham made her final appearance on the Supreme Court bench on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Analysis: The outgoing Chief Justice has reached the end of a remarkable career

 Supreme Court Judge, Mr Justice Frank Clarke pictured in the Four Courts after the announcement that he is to be appointed as the new chief justice. Photograph: Collins Courts

Analysis: Ruadhán MacCormaic on what new chief justice Frank Clarke will bring to role

Frank Clarke: he was the first member of his family to go to university

Shane Ross said to be ‘satisfied’ with process for appointing new chief justice

Peter Kelly: a dominant presence in the judiciary for many years

Chief Justice candidate appointed head of High Court in 2015

Minister for Justice  Charlie Flanagan  and  Chief Justice Susan Denham at  the annual report of the Courts Service for 2016 in  Smithfield. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Chief Justice Susan Denham to step down after six years as head of judiciary

Mr Justice Donal O’Donnell: a reputation for sharp reasoning and  elegant writing

Second most senior member of Supreme Court seen as socially liberal and elegant writer

Mr Justice Frank Clarke: first member of his family to go to university

Chief Justice candidate has series of important judgments to his name

Ian Bailey: French tribunal likely to go ahead in his absence. Photograph: Collins Courts

Charlie Flanagan ‘obliged’ by law to apply for extradition order on foot of European warrant

Goal finds itself in a better position today than when the merger talks began in February. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Scale and diversity of both aid agencies ‘best served by operating as two distinct entities’

Taksim Square: a man puts the finishing touches on a painting depicting Turkey’s attempted coup of July 15th, 2016. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty

World View: Now unassailable, President Erdogan has purged any and all ‘threats’

Irish man Ibrahim Halawa has been in jail in Cairo for three and a half years after being arrested  in August 2013  during protests in Egypt

Simon Coveney told of passport application surge from Britain and Northern Ireland

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president: “A technocratic ex-investment banker who embodies the French elite.” Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Threat to western idea of progress comes from within, a new book argues

“If you were to be asked to come up with a way not to design a piece of legislation, this would be it.” Photograph: Stephen Hird/Reuters

Appointments process could be fixed by addressing advisory board’s weaknesses

Taken with the risks of a reimposition of Border controls between the Republic and Northern Ireland, Brexit presents, in the eyes of the Government, the biggest threat to the island’s prospects in generations. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty Images

A year after the referendum, chaos reigns in London while the EU is on the rise

Guangdong Communist Party secretary Hu Chunhua. One of the most influential people you’ve never heard of spent three days in Ireland last week. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images.

Government’s Brexit message differs in subtle but important ways depending on audience

A mother weighs her malnourished child in south Sudan. Photograph: Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images

If you think global warming is distant and remote, look at how Africa is changing

Subscribers to Netflix, Spotify and other online streaming services will be able to access their digital content while abroad from next year. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Geoblocking will cease for subscribers to platforms like Netflix and Spotify from 2018

An Afghan mother  with her baby daughter in Malakassa refugee camp, Greece,  where about 700 refugees await their fate. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

European Commission could take legal action against Hungary, Poland and Austria

A crew member checks equipment on board the Migrant Offshore Aid Station  Phoenix vessel off the coast of Italy.  Photograph:  Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Ireland yet to take any of 700 asylum seekers it pledged to receive under relocation scheme

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker: no discussions on future relations until sufficient progress made on ensuring an orderly British withdrawal.  Photograph: Patrick Hertzog/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Claude Juncker says exit bill and future of citizens part of negotiations with the UK

European Parliament building in Strasbourg: MEPs meet there one week every month. The arrangement costs the EU €114m a year and critics have called for it to be scrapped. Photograph: Pascal Bastien/New York Times

Agency relocation from London may involve Strasbourg’s European Parliament base

Cybersecurity experts said the spread of the virus dubbed “WannaCry” – a “ransomware worm” – had slowed, but the respite might only be brief.

State networks including Health Service Executive fear WannaCry virus may have spread

French President elect Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux celebrate on the stage at his victory rally near the Louvre in Paris, France. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

France picks president whose message of European integration out of tune with zeitgeist

Emmanuel Macron’s supporters at the Louvre museum watch the president-elect give a speech in Paris. Photograph: AP Photo/Francois Mori

Projections suggest young centrist has almost double votes of far-right Marine Le Pen

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli soldiers during a demonstration in the occupied West Bank village of Silwad. Photograph: Abbas Momani/AFP/Getty Images

Some believe Government should take the lead with unilateral recognition of Palestine

Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to media  at an EU summit in Brussels on Saturday.  Photograph: Olivier Matthys/AP

We’ve managed to get our Brexit concerns on the table, but the challenge is to get results

A file image of Ibrahim Halawa (21), from Firhouse in Dublin, who has been in prison in Egypt since August 2013

Charlie Flanagan says he expects trial will ‘move towards a conclusion’

Emmanuel Macron won a decisive victory among French citizens living in the Republic in the first round of France’s presidential election. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Nearly half of Irish-based expats voted for the independent centrist candidate in first round

The letter points to the political and financial support which successive Irish governments have given the Palestinian people. Photograph: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

Letter to Taoiseach signed by academics and artists urges Government to act ‘without delay’

Emmanuel Macron leaves his home surrounded by policemen in Paris on Monday, after the first round of presidential elections where he ended in first place. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Results reveal scale of crisis facing traditional parties across the continent

French presidential election candidate for the far-right Front National, Marine Le Pen, blows a kiss to the crowd during her   speech after finishing second in the first round of the  election in Henin-Beaumont, Northern France. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Landmark first-round result in presidential poll remakes France’s political landscape

A trade unionist  has issued defamation proceedings against RTÉ over a report that the trade union Unite sought an exemption from providing social housing in a property it owned

Broadcaster reported Unite sought social housing exemption certificate for property

Mr Flanagan said he detected shifts in attitudes in both the UK and the rest of the EU bloc ahead of Brexit negotiations. Photograph Niall Carson/PA Wire

Charlie Flanagan says negotiators should agree on principle of settlement, not figure

 Fintan O’Toole, columnist, The Irish Times, speaking at The Irish Times Corporate Tax Summit in  Dublin in January of this year. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

'Irish Times' journalist recognised for his insightful commentary on Brexit

A child who has tested positive for malaria suffers convulsions after being treated in the MSF clinic. Photograph: Ikram N’gadi/MSF

Aid agency Médecins Sans Frontières warns on hunger and disease threat in Borno state

Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed: UK’s impending departure is “one of the most significant challenges Irish agri-food, farming and fisheries have faced since the foundation of the State”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Government urged to set up task force to convince EU of threat to agri-food sector

 The British government is slowly realising Brexit is ‘an act of great self-harm’, the State’s top Brexit official has said. File photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

John Callinan claims London is aware that leaving the EU is an ‘act of great self-harm’

A report by USAid, confirms that it has decided not to suspend or disbar Goal from American funding. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

USAid arm’s report says it will not suspend or disbar charity from American funding

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