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 In French president Emmanuel Macron’s televised address to the nation, he said: ‘The virus is circulating in France at a speed that even the most pessimistic had not anticipated.’ Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/ AFP via Getty

Countries around Europe have enforced restrictive measures as a surge of Covid-19 cases led to widespread disruption around the continent, amid warnin(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron is seen on a TV screen through of a restaurant, in Paris as he delivers an evening televised address to the nation. Photograph:  Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

France will resume a nationwide lockdown on Thursday night in a desperate effort to break the progression of the Covid-19 epidemic. The lockdown wil(...)

 Hugo de Jonge, Dutch minister of health,  arrives for the plenary debate in the Lower House about the developments surrounding the coronavirus, in The Hague, The Netherlands on Wednesday. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

A four-week “partial lockdown” imposed in the Netherlands a fortnight ago in a bid to control a second wave of coronavirus has been extended until “we(...)

 The installation of an  auxiliary hospital unit   for  Covid-19 patients at Verviers, Belgium.  Photograph:  Benoit Doppagne/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

Hospitals are running out of beds across Europe and struggling to tend to patients as a surge of coronavirus infections, including a rise in cases amo(...)

Andrew Wan, a pro-democracy lawmaker, is arrested by riot police during a protest in Hong Kong in July. File photograph: Roy Liu/Bloomberg

Ireland has joined other EU countries in suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong in response to draconian security measures imposed on the ci(...)

A man wearing a protective face mask as a measure against the spread of the Covid-19  pandemic. Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Europe’s reported new coronavirus cases more than doubled in 10 days, crossing 200,000 daily infections for the first time on Thursday, according to a(...)

“In Ireland house prices had been softening already ahead of the crisis, which now adds to the downward pressure”

House prices in Ireland will buck the European trend and fall this year, according Standard & Poor’s (S&P). In a report on housing across Eur(...)

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima. Photograph: Patrick Van Katwijk/ANP/AFP via Getty

In their second pandemic-related gaffe in two months, the Dutch royals have been forced to return from holiday in Greece – and the prime minister has (...)

Paddy Barnes leads Team Ireland out at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Olympics. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

With the golfers to be added, the boxing team to resume their qualification process, judo and badminton to ratify names, swimmers to swim and the rugb(...)

CLdN operates the MV Celine ship out of Dublin where it was launched in 2018. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The largest shipping line connecting Ireland and continental Europe says it can “dramatically” increase its services if there is a hard Brexit. Luxem(...)

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