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US whistleblower Edward Snowden speaks to European officials by video during a parliamentary hearing on improving the protection of whistleblowers, at the Council of Europe in 2014. File photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

In terms of privacy and data protection, 2019 was another bumper year of issues, arguments, frustrations and weary resignation, eased by a (very) few (...)

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis:  “Romanians have clearly shown that Romania is a pro-European country.” Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw

Romania’s president, Klaus Iohannis, has urged its political parties to sign a “national agreement” to scrap sweeping justice reforms by a government (...)

Stormy Daniels arrives at a New York court for a hearing related to Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, in April. The title of  her recent Oxford Union talk was “Sex, Guns and Other Fluff: How porn can set you free.”Photograph: Yana Paskova/Getty Images

There was a telling little cultural moment last week. Stormy Daniels is famous enough to ensure that her tweets about her lost luggage make not just I(...)

President-elect Donald Trump: his economic adviser Stephen Moore says US corporate tax is set to change to 15-20 per cent from the current 35 per cent, though Ireland will still have “a tax advantage” with its 12.5 per cent rate. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Donald Trump’s plans to overhaul the US corporate tax system will not lead to a “mass exodus” of American multinationals from Ireland, the president-(...)

Fintan O’Toole: What’s happening across much of the western world right now is that we have whole movements (metaphorically) of 15-year-old adolescent boys. Trump, UKIP and much of the new populist right across Europe have the ludicrous, idiotic swagger of the hormonally deranged schoolboy.

In the world we used to inhabit it would be crucial to know whether Donald Trump really is a serial harasser and attacker of women. But in the worl(...)

Donald Trump has been criticised after apparently mimicking a reporter’s physical disability at a rally on Tuesday. Photograph: CNN/Screenshot

An advocacy group has offered Donald Trump sensitivity training to help him better understand people with disabilities after he appeared to moc(...)

German media conglomerate Axel Springer will partner with Politico, the Washington political news publication, to create a European edition of the online publication. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Politico, the online Washington political news publication, is to partner with the German media conglomerate Axel Springer to create a European editio(...)

US president Barack Obama arrives at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Response Co-ordination Center in Washington. Photographer: Shawn Thew/Pool via Bloomberg

The White House has signalled that it would be open to a short-term hike in the US debt limit as the United States moved a step closer to its first-ev(...)