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 Western leaders have been looking at preparations to impose “massive consequences ... on Russia” should it invade Ukraine, the White House has said. Photograph: Leigh Vogel / EPA

Western leaders have been looking at preparations to impose “massive consequences and severe economic costs on Russia” should it invade Ukraine, the W(...)

The Russian ambassador to Ireland, Yuri Filatov, speaking at a press conference in the Russian embassy in Dublin. He called Russia’s  planned naval drills off the Irish coast a ‘non-story’.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Nato is ramping up its defence of member states in eastern Europe amid mounting fears of a new Russian attack on Ukraine, moves that the Kremlin has w(...)

The Ireland women’s indoor hockey team

Irish women’s indoor coach Rob Abbott said he was “immensely proud” of his side’s efforts at the EuroHockey Indoor Championship II in Spain in their f(...)

German chancellor Olaf Scholz (above) and his foreign minister Annalena Baerbock are racing to restart the stalled engine of diplomacy as the shadow of war spreads once more across the continent. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

After just six weeks, Berlin’s new government has been thrown in at the deep end. The pandemic and the very real threat of war on Germany’s doorstep h(...)

President Emmanuel Macron: “Our generation is rediscovering the precariousness of the rule of law and democratic values . . . History is stuttering.” Photograph: Bertrand Guay

When Emmanuel Macron entered the lions’ den of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday to present his plans for France’s six-month presiden(...)

Tomi Reichental and his wife Joyce at the grave of Ludwig Hopf in Mount Jerome cemetery in Dublin

A sub-theme of the Holocaust exhibition now running at Dublin Castle (An Irishman’s Diary, January 17th) is the silence that descended afterwards on t(...)

Paschal Donohoe spoke in favour of progressing the tax plan at this week’s gathering of euro area finance ministers. Photograph: Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

Crucial momentum was lost in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) global corporate tax deal before Christmas. This occurr(...)

 Ukraine’s former president Petro Poroshenko addresses supporters after his arrival at an airport some 40km outside Kyiv on Monday. Photograph:  Aleksey Filippov/AFP via Getty Images

Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has returned to his homeland to face treason allegations that he says are part of a politically motivated (...)

Oliver Sears holds a powder compact that was a courtship gift from his grandfather to his grandmother. Photograph: Laura Hutton

The first-time visitor to Auschwitz in Poland is often surprised by the richness of the natural surroundings – golden wheat fields and village gardens(...)

The ministry of foreign affairs, Kiev. Photograph: Getty Images

The United States believes Russia is laying the groundwork for a possible invasion of Ukraine and could stage a “false-flag” attack in the militant-he(...)

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