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Romania and Bulgaria have the lowest EU vaccination rates, with 31.5%  and 18.8%  of their respective populations having received at least one dose – well below the EU average of 69.7%  and Ireland on 85.1%. Photograph: Getty Images

Romania’s government has confirmed that it plans to start delivering coronavirus vaccines to Ireland in the coming weeks, rejecting fears that the dea(...)

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, Moldovan president Maia Sandu, Georgian president Salome Zurabishvili, Georgian prime minister Irakli Garibashvili and European Council chief Charles Michel. Photograph: Georgia’s presidential press service/AFP via Getty

Georgia has insisted that its pro-western stance is not in doubt, even as NGOs and media groups urged the EU to help defend the country’s democracy am(...)

Moldova’s president,  Maia Sandu, prepares to cast her vote in a snap parliamentary election, in the capital, Chisinau. Photograph: Aurel Obreja

Moldova’s pro-EU Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) has said it plans to launch an immediate attack on corruption this summer, once its landslide victo(...)

While the digital Covid certificate  system  is set for formal launch on July 1st, Greece has announced  it is ready to use the system earlier as it is keen to start its summer tourism season. Photograph: Getty Images

Europe Correspondent What is the EU digital Covid certificate? The digital Covid certificate is aimed to help EU residents demonstrate whether they(...)

‘We’re losing the battle at the moment – the criminals are winning.’ File photograph: Getty

The ransomware attackers such as those who targeted the Health Service Executive, often based in Russia and elsewhere in eastern Europe, are highly sk(...)

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan had recommended that some European countries with high rates of Covid-19 be added to the list. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

India is among five countries added to Ireland’s mandatory hotel quarantine list amid a devastating surge in Covid-19 cases and fatalities there in re(...)

 Defence Forces personnel awaiting flights to escort passengers to their mandatory hotel quarantine at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

People arriving from 26 more countries, including Israel, Nigeria and Serbia, have to book a space in the State’s hotel quarantine system if they inte(...)

Covid-19 vaccination centre at the Palais des Sports in Lyon: France set a record last week of 400,000 doses given in a single day. Photograph:  Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP

The rollout of vaccines in Europe is “unacceptably slow” and countries must reduce any barriers standing in the way of administering more jabs, the Wo(...)

Healthcare workers  help a patient in a wheelchair from a  special ambulance   in the town of Semily, Czech Republic.   Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP via Getty Images

A fresh wave of Covid-19 infections is sweeping across Europe, threatening a renewed round of restrictions to cope with rising hospitalisations and de(...)

UCC: It’s not every day that a university finds itself awarding a PhD to a student who has written one of the standard texts on their course.

It’s not every day that a university finds itself awarding a PhD to a student who has written one of the standard texts on their course but that’s exa(...)

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