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Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau: “We are absolutely committed to the protection of our allies and global peace and security.” Photograph: Ilmars Znotins/AFP/Getty Images

Canada has restated its commitment to defending allies in eastern Europe and criticised the Kremlin’s aggression, ahead of a potentially tricky Nato s(...)

 Donald  Trump  delivers remarks to members of the news media beside First Lady Melania Trump (L) before departing for  Europe. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/PA

European Council president Donald Tusk told US president Donald Trump on Tuesday to stop berating North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) allies ov(...)

Poster for Turkey’s  president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at Taksim Square in Istanbul: it reads “Thank you Istanbul”.  Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty

We are fortunate in Europe in the sense that we haven’t had a major military conflict since the collapse of Yugoslavia and the Bosnian-Serb conflict o(...)

Emily Logan, chief commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, said it was not the responsibility of victims to avoid being targets of hate crime. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

Specific legislation is needed to crack down on hate crimes which remain under-reported in Ireland, a new report has said. The “Lifecycle of a Hate C(...)

Mary McAleese at the Irish Embassy in  London. Photograph: Irish Embassy/@IrelandEmbGB

Former president Mary McAleese has described herself as heartbroken by Brexit, adding that “we’re all going to be to some extent broken by it”. Spea(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel greets French president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday during German-French government consultations near Gransee in Germany. Photograph: Michele Tantussi/Getty Images

The Republic has joined 11 other euro-zone countries in signing a joint email urging a wide-ranging discussion among European Union leaders next week (...)

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins at the National Library in Riga during the President’s State visit to Latvia. Photograph: Maxwells

President Michael D Higgins has called for the European Union’s smaller states to make their voices heard and take a leading role in deciding the futu(...)

Cern’s Large Hadron Collider:  “If Ireland is serious about being part of the international science community, then we ought to be part of Cern. We are increasingly isolated by not being a member,” says Fianna Fáil’s James Lawless. Photograph: Cern/PA Wire

Actions speak louder than words. Despite all the parroting about the knowledge economy, Ireland remains outside the premier particle physics lab in th(...)

Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates winning the French Open by kissing the trophy. Photograph:  Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Strength comes in all shapes and sizes. At 5ft 6in, officially, Simona Halep is not blessed in terms of simple physical stature. But the Romanian is a(...)

Adrian Coman, who took a case  on the rights of same-sex unions, at a press conference in Bucharest, Romania. File photograph: Daniel  Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

EU countries that have not legalised same-sex marriage must respect the residency rights of spouses who are of the same sex and want to live together (...)

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