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Two men said to have “played an integral part in the distribution of cannabis throughout Ireland” have had their original prison sentences more than d(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen during the presentation of the priorities of the rotating presidency of the European Council for the next six months at the European Parliament on January on Tuesday. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP via Getty Images

Young people are on the streets worldwide. Australia is retreating before unprecedented fires. At their December summit, Europe’s leaders responded to(...)

 The story of how Adolf Eichmann, one of the architects of the “final solution”, was brought to justice features in the film The People vs Fritz Bauer. Photograph: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Just back from Japan last autumn and full of renewed admiration for that extraordinary country, with its endless resilience, efficiency, and decorum, (...)

Andrew Anderson, executive director, and Meerim Ilyas, deputy head of protection, Front Line Defenders, pictured at the launch of the organisation’s Global Analysis 2019 in Dublin. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

In much of the world, standing up for human rights is fraught with very real dangers. In 2019, according to the non-governmental agency Front Line Def(...)

European Commission’s Valdis Dombrovskis: EU must put “our money where our mouth is” in terms of climate targets for 2050. Photograph: Patrick Seeger

The EU will mobilise investment of €1 trillion over 10 years in its European Green Deal to transform its economy to net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050, th(...)

There are 1,400 degree courses taught through English around Europe with the majority of them in the Netherlands, which is the number one destination for Irish students, with Poland, Denmark, Italy and Germany also popular. Photograph: Getty

In a country obsessed with the points race, it can be jarring to discover this is not how everyone operates. It was for one parent who asked at an ev(...)

Supreme Court judge Mr Justice John MacMenamin participates in the Thousand Scarlet Robes March at the weekend in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Getty

An Irish Supreme Court judge has described a demonstration of dozens European judges in Warsaw in defence of their Polish colleagues as a “humbling” e(...)

Mr Justice John MacMenamin in Warsaw for protest in support of Polish judges. Photograph: Omar Marques/Getty

European Judges are not used to being greeted with applause – at least, that is, until Saturday afternoon in Warsaw. Dressed in black pleated robes t(...)

Protesters rallied in support of the Polish judiciary in December 2019. Judges from across Europe will take part in a silent protest in Warsaw on January 11th. Photograph: Krystian Dobuszynski/NurPhoto via Getty

The body representing Irish judges will condemn the Polish government’s “unrelenting threats” to judicial independence in a strongly worded letter to (...)

Supreme Court judge John Mac Menamin will represent his colleagues at a silent protest in Warsaw on Saturday over the erosion of the rule of law in the country. Photograph: Alan Betson

Under the conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, Poland has been sliding towards authoritarianism. It has polarised national life by whipping up fe(...)

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