Holly Cowman visiting one of Mary Immaculate College’s Erasmus+ partner universities, East China Normal University, in Shanghai

Tens of millions of deaths in the first and second World Wars were young men who succumbed on the soil of foreign countries, miles from their homes. (...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy is mistaken in his view that soaring residential towers should form part of any strategy to deal with the current housing emergency. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

More than half-a-century ago, as Dublin was experiencing a housing crisis, then minister for local government Neil Blaney was persuaded by constructio(...)

 Sebastian Kurz arrives for a TV discussion, in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

At Vienna’s Stadthalle concert hall, a capacity crowd of 16,000 claps their hands to the jaunty Radetzky March. Then he appears: a messiah in a slim-(...)

A Lufthansa airliner parks next to the Air Berlin aircraft at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Lufthansa reinforced its position as Germany’s largest airline on Thursday by signing a €210 million deal to buy large parts of insolvent Air Berlin. (...)

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

When French presidents talk about Europe, their message often makes more sense if you substitute every reference to “European Union” with “France”. (...)

Brian O’Farrell: “The business culture in Germany is more formal and perhaps more serious than in Ireland.”

The 1980s were a gloomy time in Ireland. The economy was in dire straits, employment prospects were dreadful and thousands emigrated to find work. Br(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy:  will signal a number of changes to planning and development laws at the Irish Planning Institute conference in Dublin on Friday morning. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Shared accommodation aimed at young professionals is to be developed in cities as part of a Government effort to reduce the cost of renting. Minister(...)

Residents who support a united Spain give their farewell to Spanish police officer leaving the Pineda de Mar hotels in Barcelona. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

Most of today’s nations emerged from the dissolution of empires. Nationalisms now threaten the dissolution of states. The independence movement in Cat(...)

President Jalal Talabani talks to reporters in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2007. Photograph: AP Photo/Hadi Mizban

Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish former president of Iraq and its first non-Arab head of state, has died. He was 83. The leader of one of Iraq’s main Kur(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron attends an EU summit in Tallinn, Estonia. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

Big events, big speeches and big ideas herald a return of scale and ambition to European politics. The German election, Juncker’s, Macron’s and May’s (...)