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Prime minister Oliver Spasovski (C) addresses citizens in Skopje, North Macedonia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Government of the Republic of North Macedonia/EPA

North Macedonia and Albania have been given approval by European ministers to start EU membership talks, in what Brussels called proof of its commitme(...)

Former EU officials at Trinity College Dublin David O’Sullivan, Romano Prodi, Catherine Day and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: EU contributions a small price to pay for “enormous intangible benefits”. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called the State’s financial contribution to the European Union “a steal” and “really cheap” compared to what the country g(...)

Albania’s prime minister Edi Rama and European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on Monday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/ Reuters

For states across Europe’s periphery, EU membership has been vital to economic modernisation and social progress. Each enlargement round, notwithstand(...)

The appeals were by a husband and wife, who came here in 2005, and their son, his wife and their child, who came here in 2008. Photograph: Collins Courts.

Five members of an Albanian family have lost their appeals over being refused subsidiary protection here, resulting in their deportation. A three ju(...)

Trans Pride,  Dublin, July 2019, with the theme  ‘Break the Binary’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Healthcare for trans Irish people has been described as “inadequate” by an international report into the human rights of LGBTI people across Europe. (...)

Polls show Ireland’s voters retain the most positive image in the EU of the EU. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP

In 1975, only two years after Ireland, the UK and Denmark joined the then European Economic Community (EEC), Garret FitzGerald, minister for foreign a(...)

Kosovo’s president Hashim Thaci in Berlin, Germany. File photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

A White House special envoy for Serbia and Kosovo has urged the two states to make compromises and focus on economic development as a basis for establ(...)

  Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic: has faced criticism for pandering to the Croatian far right. Photograph: Antonio Bat

Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic faces a tough fight to retain power in an election run-off on Sunday, as the country braces for a possible(...)

Refusals of leave to land at Dublin Airport had reached 5,687 by the end of November, involving people from all over the world. File photograph: Getty

Checks on those entering Ireland have been changed in recent months because some immigrants were destroying fake documents once they disembarked from (...)

Airlines have  been made aware by gardaí that they will be forced to find room on return flights for any foreign nationals they bring to Ireland who are found not to have the correct travel documents when they arrive in Dublin. File photograph: Kate Geraghty

The drop in the number of Albanians and Georgians applying for international protection in October is part of a concerted drive to discourage people (...)

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