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Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during an annual end-of-year news conference in Moscow. File photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Democracy is suffering a mid-life crisis – its best days are behind it, its future uncertain, the academic David Runciman argues in his recent book, H(...)

People hold up their mobile phones as they attend a protest against a proposed new labour law, branded the “slave law”, outside the headquarters of the Hungarian state television in Budapest on Monday. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Around 10,000 Hungarians braved the December cold in Budapest on Monday night for a new round of protests against prime minister Viktor Orbán’s creepi(...)

Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck greeted supporters on Sunday and made it clear that this was an important day for the club’s image. Photograph: Getty Images

Three Chelsea supporters were spoken to by police after officers received reports of anti-Semitic chanting on a train carrying fans after the club’s g(...)

Placard depicting Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban is pictured during a protest against a proposed new labour law in Budapest on Sunday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Around 10,000 Hungarians protested in Budapest on Sunday against a new labour law and what they see as the increasingly authoritarian rule of right-wi(...)

Chelsea:  may face sanction from football’s authorities over fans’ chants. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty

Chelsea face a partial closure of Stamford Bridge in the Europa League if Uefa determines a section of supporters were guilty of an anti-Semitic chan(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban (right) sits next to  deputy prime minister Zsolt Semjen in the  parliament  in Budapest on Wednesday. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Hungary has set up a potential clash with Brussels and other EU member states after it passed a law to tighten its control over the judiciary during a(...)

The complex is a model of light-touch environmental design, providing a huge expanse of shade … Children Village by Brazilian designer Rosenbaum and architects Aleph Zero. Photograph: Leonardo Finotti/Rosenbaum Arquitetura 2017

A forest of eucalyptus columns extends inside the expansive dormitory complex of the Canuanã school in northern Brazil, as if the nearby woodland has (...)

George Soros, the billionaire investor and Democratic donor, has been accused by Republicans, without evidence,  of  funding a caravan of Central American migrants headed for the US border. Photograph: Damon Winter/The New York Times

Three years ago, Hungary’s prime minister accused billionaire George Soros of trying to flood the country with Middle Eastern migrants. In recent wee(...)

Colm Tóibín. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

There is a peculiar intensity about some streets in Dublin that gets more layered the longer you live in the city and the more stray memories and asso(...)

Bluebeard’s Castle: Joshua Bloom as Bluebeard and Paula Murrihy as Judith in Irish National Opera’s production

BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE Gaiety Theatre ★ ★ ★ ★ There is a special amazement with art that hides art. Think of a Bach keyboard piece with two beautifu(...)

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