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European gas prices surged above €100 per megawatt hour on Thursday because of fresh uncertainties over the flow of gas from Russia to Europe. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s state-owned gas supplier has said it will cut shipments to Europe through a major pipeline, sending prices surging and reinforcing president (...)

Ronela Hajati from Albania with the song ‘Sekret’ performs during the first semifinal of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. Photograph: EPA/Alessandro di Marco

In your household do you stand and salute when you hear the Eurovision anthem? You should. The Eurovision is a miraculous thing. This week, 180 millio(...)

An industry report that examined official Irish figures alongside those for 14 other EU states found the State spends slightly less of its overall health budget on medicines than the EU average. Photograph: PA

Ireland’s medicines budget has been falling over recent years as a percentage of overall healthcare spending, according to figures from various source(...)

The leaders of Germany and Italy have offered contrasting examples of how to pursue the EU’s painful uncoupling with Russia

What a difference leadership makes. The leaders of Germany and Italy have offered contrasting examples of how to pursue a painful uncoupling with Russ(...)

  European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said the new sanctions  ‘send another important signal to all perpetrators of the Kremlin’s war: we know who you are, and you will be held accountable’. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

Individuals believed to have committed war crimes in the town of Bucha in Ukraine and those responsible for the siege of Mariupol are set to be named (...)

A home in Fenevychi, Ukraine, damaged by Russian bombardment. ‘These cities simply don’t exist anymore. They have completely destroyed them.’ Photograph: Alexey Furman/Getty Images

The European Commission is preparing a sixth package of sanctions against Russia that includes a possible embargo on buying Russian oil. It comes aft(...)

Vladimir Putin presenting flowers to Margarita Simonyan, editor-in-chief of State broadcaster RT, in 2019. Photograph: Evgenia Novozhenina/AFP

Ireland has been ranked sixth in a new press freedom index published by Reporters without Borders, but the international non-profit group has warned o(...)

Fans protest during a football match between Borussia Dortmund and Dynamo Kyiv in  Germany this week. But Putin’s war has entered a more attritional phase and western public and media attention will decline. Photograph:  Sascha Schuermann/AFP via Getty Images

In Vladimir Putin’s view of the world, Russia and the West are motivated above all by the same thing: national self-interest. The only difference is t(...)

Communal workers work to clean debris around a damaged building in Kyiv on Friday following Russian missile attack. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP via Getty Images

Ukraine acknowledged on Friday it was taking heavy losses in Russia’s assault in the east, but said Russia’s losses were even worse, as US president J(...)

Without a co-ordinated  EU response, gas prices will rise to exceptional levels as countries like Norway, and UK North Sea producers, have a queue of firms at their door pleading for supplies at any price.

This week Russia announced that it was cutting off gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria, reducing the supply of gas to all of Europe by about 8 per cen(...)

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