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Syrian children are evacuated from eastern Ghouta on a bus on the outskirts of Damascus. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty

The road to eastern Ghouta arches north of Damascus instead of running directly into the city’s countryside. Visitors to corridors evacuating fighter(...)

In a speech in Berlin on Monday, IMF managing director Christine Lagarde compared a proposed “rainy-day fund” to car insurance, with a premium in good times based on the benefits a country receives in bad times. Photo: Reuters

Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF, has jumped into the internal politics of the EU by unveiling plans for “a rainy-day fund” for the eurozone to (...)

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont: the final decision on whether to extradite him from Germany to Spain will be taken by the higher regional court in Kiel. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

Former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont will spend Easter in a northern German prison – and possibly much longer – as courts there decide how to ac(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Berlin last week. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Of all the Brexit-inspired mantras that government ministers have learned to repeat with robotic consistency, one in particular – that Ireland’s desti(...)

A protester gestures as he walks past riot police officers during clashes at a demonstration in Barcelona on Sunday night after Catalonia’s former president was arrested by German police. Photograph: Luis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

Riot police clashed with protesters on Sunday evening in Barcelona, hours after ex-Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was detained near the German-Da(...)

A glowing globe and the words Earth Hour pictured in front of the unlit Brandenburg Gate shortly after the beginning of the international Earth Hour in Berlin. Photograph: Paul Zinken/AFP/Getty Images

Countries around the world have been switching off the lights for Earth Hour – a global call for international unity on the importance of climate chan(...)

Standard Dublin housing in the  1990s:  kitchen, dining room, sitting room, three bedrooms and a bathroom. Plus an open fire, and lots of colours. Photograph: Frank Miller

Many moons ago I worked for McInerney International, a newly formed branch of McInerney Homes, the well-known Irish housebuilders. The company took up(...)

British foreign secretary Boris Johnson speaking to the press before   a meeting of EU foreign ministers  in Brussels on Monday, March 19th. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP

When EU foreign ministers met on Monday the UK, in the form of foreign secretary Boris Johnson, turned up to look for a bit of solidarity over the Sa(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel . “It’s a good sign that Merkel, scarcely a week into her fourth term, will welcome Varadkar with full military honours for a working lunch.” Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Last Friday, as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tilted at imaginary windmills in Washington, Berlin rocked its way into St Patrick’s Day. In the legendary Berg(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney: A spokesman for him said the remaining 27 EU member states ‘have been consistent that there can be no backsliding on any part of December’s agreement’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

EU negotiators will this week insist the British abandon their hardline position and show a willingness to commit to the so-called backstop guaranteei(...)

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