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Election officials open a ballot box during Latvia’s parliamentary election, in Riga. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

A pro-Russia party has won the most votes in Latvia’s parliamentary election. Dissatisfied Latvians rejected the right-of-centre ruling coalition in (...)

In a preposterous and offensive comparison, British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt drew a parallel between the EU and the Soviet Union, calling it a “prison” whose inmates are punished for trying to escape. Photograph: Neil Hall/EPA

It’s usually wise to treat the overblown rhetoric of party conferences as theatrical “noises off”, fodder for an excitable rank-and-file. But when a f(...)

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Global equities rallied for a second straight day on Wednesday while safe-haven assets such as US bonds and the Japanese yen slipped to multi-week low(...)

Ireland must ramp up security measures against the spread of a deadly disease threatening pig farmers across Europe, Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has warned.

Ireland must ramp up security measures against the spread of a deadly disease threatening pig farmers across Europe, Minister for Agriculture Michael (...)

The OECD’s report shows that in Ireland, there were 25 students in primary classes, the fifth highest in the 36-member OECD. Only the UK, Japan, Israel and Chile had slightly larger class sizes.

Ireland has the some of the largest school class sizes in the developed world, according to a major international education report. The OECD’s Educat(...)

At the moment, EU states are free to apply common rules against money laundering in different manners, a situation that has led to poor supervision in some cases. Photograph: iStock

European Union regulators have drawn up a preliminary plan for a possible tightening of rules against money laundering after a series of high-level ca(...)

The leadership of the Single Supervisory Mechanism will change on January 1st. Photograph: Reuters

The European Central Bank’s next big appointment will cast a shadow that’s long enough to influence who succeeds Mario Draghi as president. Applicati(...)

Georgian president Giorgi Margvelashvili, Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz, Lithuania’s foreign minister Linas Linkevicius, Latvia’s foreign minister Edgars Rinkevics  and other officials meet in Tbilisi on Tuesday. Photograph: Vano Shlamov/AFP/Getty Images

Georgia and its allies have traded accusations with Russia 10 years after the Kremlin sent troops into the Black Sea state, for a five-day war that sh(...)

Firefighters and volunteers fighting flames  at the village of Kineta near Athens, Greece. Terrified residents fled to the sea to escape the flames. Photograph: Getty Images

This week’s fires in Greece left death and devastation in their wake. Thousands of people fled their homes, and more than 80 were killed as the flames(...)

Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko: has welcomed US administration for its “uncompromising position”.  Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

Ukraine and its European allies have welcomed a US pledge never to recognise Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, while Russia mocked Washington for li(...)

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