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 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban (C), Serbian prime minister Aleksandar Vucic (R) and leader of the Alliance of Vojvodina Hungarians political party Istvan Pasztor (2L). Photograph: Szilard Koszticsak/EPA

Several times a day, a pair of ageing railway cars trundle across a bridge over the Tisza river between Hungary and Ukraine, through a border crossin(...)

Labour exploitation has overtaken sexual exploitation as the most common form of trafficking, and experts at the Council of Europe warn that official figures underestimate the scale of the problem. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Trafficking: a vile trade

Human trafficking, and the slave-like conditions that accompany it, are on the rise in Europe. For the unfortunate individuals involved, labour exploi(...)

Krac des Chavaliers: The Krac’s thick stone walls withstood artillery fire and aerial bombardment.

Wadi al-Nasara enfolds travellers entering from the dusty yellow plain in a blanket of green and silver – the green of well-watered fields and the sil(...)

 Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán  is on course for victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections. Photograph: Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

Hungarians head to the polls on Sunday for parliamentary elections whose results may have consequences across Eastern Europe, says Irish Times corresp(...)

Prime minister Victor Orban: his anti-immigration and Eurosceptic rhetoric is popular in 10-million-strong Hungary. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP/Getty Images

Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party hopes this week’s final campaign push will secure it a crushing “supermajority” in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, as (...)

Muhammed Usman (18) from Pakistan at a migrant aid centre in Belgrade after being caught and sent back from the Serbia-Croatia border. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Mohammed Usman arrived back in Belgrade with a grazed nose, sore ribs and another failure to add to his list of attempts to reach the European Union. (...)

Kornel Klopfstein-Laszlo, a co-founder of “Nyomtass Te Is” (Print It Yourself), a free Hungarian weekly newsletter made by volunteers, which carries articles that pro-government media ignore. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

Not everyone in Hungary is happy to receive a copy of Nyomtass Te Is, a free weekly newsletter created to counter prime minister Viktor Orban’s domina(...)

43% of young Irish Catholics pray weekly, with  16 per cent never praying, says report. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish people between the ages of 16 and 29 rank among the most religious in Europe, alongside Poles and Lithuanians, a new study has found. Some 54 p(...)

Russian ambassador Yury Filatov with the media in the Russian embassy last week. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland is not among the 14 EU States that decided to expel a total of 32 Russian diplomats in a co-ordinated move yesterday. However, while not mak(...)

Pierre Moscovici, European commissioner in charge of economic and financial affairs: “The digital economy is a major opportunity for Europe, and Europe is a huge source of revenues for digital firms.” Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

New European Commission proposals to tax giant digital companies are expected to get a rough ride when EU leaders debate the issue at their summit her(...)

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