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President Michael D Higgins speaks to Saxony’s state premier Michael Kretschmer during his visit to the university of Leipzig. Photograph: Peter Endig / dpa / AFP

Growing economic, political and climate challenges have brought Europe to a new brink, similar in scale to the epochal changes that ended the Cold War(...)

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy speaks at the first meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy was the only Irish MEP to speak at the first meeting of the new European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday, as he raised t(...)

A tourist uses an umbrella to protect herself from sunshine in Toledo, Spain. Photograph: Angeles Visdomine

Extreme heatwaves causing risk to life, such as those under way in Europe, will become more frequent as the effects of climate change gather pace this(...)

Termonfeckin beach, where a 14-year-old girl got into difficulties on Friday.

A 14-year-old girl has died after getting into difficulty while swimming at a beach in Co Louth. It is understood she and two other youths who were (...)

 Tourists protect themselves from the sun in Los Naranjos courtyard of the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Spain on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/Salas

France registered its highest temperature since records began on Friday as a sweltering heatwave engulfed much of southern and central Europe, weather(...)

Anak, an Asian elephant at Dublin Zoo, enjoys a cooling shower from a keeper. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The warm and sunny weather is set to continue for at least two days for most of the country. Temperatures reached 28 degrees on Thursday at Shannon,(...)

Spanish prime minister and Socialist Party candidate Pedro Sanchez casts his vote inside a polling station during Spain’s general election in Pozuelo de Alarcon, outskirts of Madrid, Sunday, April 28th, 2019. Photograph: Bernat Armangue/AP

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez’s Socialists remain the largest party but fell short of a majority in elections held on Sunday night. Neither t(...)

Popular Party candidate Pablo Casado greets a group of supporters during his visit to Pamplona, Spain, during the electoral campaign. Photograph: Inaki Porto/EPA

Earlier this year, while addressing members of his conservative Popular Party (PP), Pablo Casado made headlines when he broached the issue of abortion(...)

Spanish prime minister and Socialist Party candidate Pedro Sanchez delivers a speech during an election rally in Alicante, Spain on April 20th. Photograph: Juan Carlos Cardenas/EPA

Spain is rightly proud of its historic and dramatic Holy Week processions which have deep significance for the country’s Catholic faithful and are pas(...)

Catalan independence leaders  at the start of their trial at the supreme court in Madrid on February 12th. Photograph: Emilio Naranjo/Reuters

Forty-one French senators have denounced what they describe as the “repression” of Catalan politicians by the Spanish judiciary and they have called f(...)

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