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Not surprisingly, Angela Merkel had reservations about Emmanuel Macron programme. Photograph: Carsten Koall/ POOL/EPA

 “He who has no goals must endure his fate; he who has a purpose can shape it.” – Immanuel Kant On Sunday the German chancellor broke her silenc(...)

Protesters shouting anti-government slogans in front of the Romanian government headquarters in Bucharest on May 30th. Photograph:  Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

Civil society groups in Romania have appealed to its president to hold urgent talks on the faltering fight against graft, as its populist government s(...)

European commission vice-president Jyrki Katainen: With cohesion/regional and agriculture funding amounting to over 70 per cent of the EU budget, both programmes will bear brunt of Brexit cutbacks. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Countries in central and eastern Europe will be paying for the recent success and growth in their economies with sharp cuts in EU cohesion funding, re(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: the Bill would allow jailing of NGO workers who help people who are not eligible for asylum in Hungary.  Photograph: Bernadett Szabo

The United Nations refugee agency has joined growing international criticism of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s bid to criminalise non-govern(...)

Thomas Barr won the 400m hurdles at the Irish Life Health AAI Games in Morton Stadium, Santry, Dublin. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Thomas Barr opened his outdoor season with an easy win in the 400m hurdles at the Irish Life Health AAI Games in Morton Stadium, clocking a casual 51.(...)

Jastine Valdez: the 24-year-old is believed to have been abducted and murdered by Mark Hennessy

Three years ago the number of women killed violently in this country, often at the hands of someone they knew, appeared to be falling. In 2015, five (...)

Ljiljana Matkovic at the Clondalkin Intercultural Centre: “The only difficulty I had when I came here was meeting friends but then I found people at the centre who wanted to help me.” Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Whenever Ljiljana Matkovic walks down Dublin’s bustling Grafton Street her mind is transported back to an afternoon nearly 18 years ago when her life (...)

Hamas leader Sheikh Ismaeil Haneiya flashes the victory sign during his visit near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip. Photograph: Mohammed Saber/EPA

Israeli tanks destroyed a Hamas observation post in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday after the army said shots were fired at troops on the border.(...)

Tom Murphy in 1975: ‘His genius was to be able to create an immediate and vividly detailed social realism but somehow raise it to the heightened levels of the operas he loved so much.’ Photograph: Eddie Kelly/The Irish Times

Tom Murphy was a prolific playwright who thought of himself as writing music for the spoken voice. “When I hear music, I hear an emotion. When I liste(...)

George Soros, founder and the Open Society Foundations. Open Society said Viktor Orban’s campaign had “invoked anti-Semitic imagery from World War II”. Photograph:  Olivier Hoslet/AFP/Getty Images

A major foundation funded by liberal philanthropist George Soros is closing its regional headquarters in Hungary, due to what it calls “an increasingl(...)

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