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New Democracy  party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis exits the polling booth amid voting for the second round of local elections, in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Constantina Peppa/Reuters

The hefty vote for opposition party New Democracy (ND) in Greece’s local and European polls has precipitated a general election scheduled for July 7th(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras leaves the Presidential Palace following a meeting with Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos to discuss elections in Athens. Photograph: Costas Baltas/Reuters

Greece is on track for a general election on July 7th, three months ahead of schedule, after the president accepted a request from prime minister Alex(...)

EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy Federica Mogherini. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Albania and North Macedonia should now be allowed to open accession talks with the EU, the European Commission has urged. Both, the commission said, h(...)

Former Conservative  MP  Ann Widdecombe   with colleagues from the Brexit Party celebrate it success in the EU elections in London on Monday. Photograph: Tolga AkmenAFP/Getty Images

AUSTRIA The conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) of Sebastian Kurz shrugged off 10 days of crisis, and his impending dismissal as chancellor, to finish (...)

Pope Francis is photographed  during a Mass in St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters.

Irish Catholic priests have described as “a major disappointment” comments by Pope Francis indicating the church has no current plans to ordain women (...)

Nato at 70 has its largest ever membership of 29 states (soon to be 30 when Northern Macedonia joins) but is probably in its weakest position for seve(...)

Ireland is, with France, the slowest of the wealthy western European states to approve payment for new medicines, according to a new survey by the industry.

Ireland is, with France, the slowest of the wealthy western European states to approve payment for new medicines, according to a new survey by the ind(...)

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (left) and Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev  embrace at a news conference in Skopje on Tuesday. Photograph: Robert Atanasovski/AFP/Getty Images

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has visited North Macedonia for what he called a “historic” trip to cement the recent normalisation of the countri(...)

Workers erect a new road sign  at the Greece-Macedonia Bogorodica border crossing near Gevgelija on Wednesday. Photograph: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg

North Macedonia has officially come into being, allowing Skopje to take a seat at Nato for the first time, as its historic deal with Greece to end a g(...)

Irish people averaged 3.3 cinema visits last year. The French were in second place with 3.2

Cities rise and fall. The tides wax and wane. But one truth remains constant. The annual report from the International Union of Cinemas has confirmed (...)

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