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High Tatras: Lonely Planet’s top destination, in Slovakia, is home to brown bears. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Destinations in Slovakia, Spain and Iceland have been named Lonely Planet’s top three must-see destinations in Europe this year. Its Best in Europe 2(...)

French anti-riot police officers and protesters  during an anti-government  yellow vests demonstration  in Lyon, central-eastern France, today. Photograph: Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty

French police fired tear gas in skirmishes with masked demonstrators in Lyon and Nantes on Saturday, the 26th straight weekend of “yellow vest” prote(...)

A Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Vest) protester holds the  French tricolour. Photograph: Ian Langsdon

Dozens of masked and hooded anarchists clashed with riot police in Paris on Wednesday, burning bins, smashing property and hurling bottles and rocks,(...)

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin with Pope Francis at the Vatican on  November 11th, 2016. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

A high-ranking French Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, was convicted on Thursday of failing to report allegations of sexual abuse in his d(...)

UBS was hit with a €3.7bn penalty for recruiting clients in France and helping them evade taxes. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann

In May 2011, a scared employee from Swiss bank UBS was summoned without warning or explanation to meet French government officials outside the Louis V(...)

Bologna, Italy

You made it through January, it must be time to reward yourself by planning a weekend away in the spring. There is nothing wrong with the classics – s(...)

Many European mainlanders remember ‘the squelch of carts laden with possessions on muddy tracks’. Above, the evacuation of Paris in 1940. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

What does the EU want? This simple question has foxed Brits throughout the Brexit talks. It is alleged that Brussels is desperate to retain Britain; t(...)

A computer-generated image of the new Staycity and Premier Inn development.

Irish aparthotel group Staycity will add another location to its portfolio as part of a £203 million (€233 million) regeneration of London’s Paddingto(...)

 Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini attends a press conference  in Rome earlier this month. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani/EPA

Historically and culturally, France and Italy are extremely close. Trade between the two countries represents a whopping €200 million daily. Yet relat(...)

Bare shelves during the Beast from the East  showed how reliant we are on food from the UK. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish supermarkets are very vulnerable to changed circumstance. That has rarely been clearer than it was at the end of February last year when the few(...)

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