Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: “The world should understand that what is at stake today is nothing less than the future of the European way of life, and of our identity.” Photograph: Gergely Botár/kormany.hu

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has urged other European leaders to join him in helping protect Christians from persecution, even as he rejects(...)

Hungarian minister for  foreign affairs and trade Peter Szijjarto (right) receives Ukrainian minister for foreign affairs Pavlo Klimkin in his office in Budapest, Hungary, today. Photograph: Zsolt Szigetvary/EPA

Ukraine has assured Hungary it has no intention of restricting minority rights with a new education law that prompted Budapest to call for a review of(...)

Szilvia Szabo with her husband Marcell and daughter Janka. The family said they love being part of the community in Greystones. Photograph: Priscila Soares

When Szilvia Szabo and her husband Marcell began the search for a place to live in Dublin, their calls to landlords were always unanswered. “We tried(...)

Nina Raine (seated front left) with director Oonagh Murphy (seated front right) and the cast of Tribes. Photograph: Mark Stedman

“When a writer is born into a family, the family is finished.” So wrote the Polish Nobel laureate Czeslaw Milosz, coining a phrase that has been take(...)

George Soros: the billionaire liberal philanthropist was born in Budapest. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Hungary’s populist government has launched a new attack on billionaire liberal philanthropist George Soros, with what a major international human righ(...)

Dakota Fanning: “If you’re not challenging yourself, that’s no fun.” Photograph:  Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

For the longest time, Dakota Fanning was framed as an “old soul” by her invariably impressed co-stars. Glenn Close deployed the phrase when, in 2005, (...)

Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto: “Hungary will block all steps within the European Union that would represent a step forward in Ukraine’s European integration process.”  Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Ukraine is trying to limit damage to relations with several European Union states caused by changes to its education law, after Hungary vowed to preve(...)

Amnesty executive director Colm O’Gorman urged Ministers to press for a fairer and more effective solution to Europe’s refugee crisis. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland is set to narrowly miss out on its pledge to relocate 600 asylum seekers from Greece and Italy within two years under a scheme agreed with Eur(...)

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor  during a press previews for Maze at The Movie House cinema in Belfast. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Tom Vaughan-Lawlor is awfully chipper for a man who got up 5am to catch a flight to Dublin. “My son just about woke up to ask me where I was going,” s(...)

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban and Polish prime minister Beata Szydlo in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Slawomir Kaminski/Reuters

Hungary and Poland have vowed to stand firm against what they claim is an overbearing European Union, intent on eroding the sovereignty of member stat(...)