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Looking for a friend: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Brussels. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

Café Bazar in Salzburg may seem an unusual spot to consider Ireland’s future economic choices, but it could be a perfect place to start. After the Bri(...)

Facebook: the social-media company, where almost half of the illegal content was to be found, reviewed complaints in less than 24 hours in 89.3 per cent of cases. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The drive to take illegal hate speech offline is bearing fruit, the European Commission said on Friday. Its third monitoring survey of industry pract(...)

‘A blanket ban on foreign funding can never be human rights compliant,’ said Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Restrictions on the right of non-governmental organisations to receive foreign funding breach EU, UN and Council of Europe legal obligations and threa(...)

Brussels has proposed giving the European Court of Justice a big role in settling EU trade disputes with Switzerland in a move that could serve as a blueprint for a Brexit deal

Brussels has proposed giving the European Court of Justice a big role in settling EU trade disputes with Switzerland in a move that could serve as a b(...)

A lorry trailer is blown over by the strong winds of the western storm in Kampen, the Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/Ginopress BV

At least five people were killed on Thursday after a powerful storm lashed northwest Europe, damaging property and throwing public transport into chao(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s wide-ranging speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg took in issues such a Brexit, climate change, European unity, tax issues and migration. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

It’s Leo Varadkar’s birthday on Thursday. This time last year, he was an ambitious young Cabinet minister with his eye on the top job. On Thursday he(...)

 EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier  and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar before a debate on the future of Europe at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

All roads, they say, lead to Rome. But in Brussels these days, they lead unerringly to Brexit. Its consequences feed into and colour every debate, no(...)

Opposition leader Merara Gudina (centre) walks with his supporters after his release in Burayu, Ethiopia on Wednesday. Photograph: Elias Meseret/AP

Ethiopian opposition leader Merera Gudina was among hundreds of prisoners released from jail on Wednesday as the first step in a government campaign t(...)

 Plastics and other detritus line the shore of the Thames Estuary. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Europe is planning to ensure all plastic packaging in the EU is recyclable by 2030. The move is part of a new policy on plastics published by the Eu(...)

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas: has called for a review of all agreements reached by the PLO and Israel. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh

Decisions taken by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and the central council of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) could reverse commitment(...)

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