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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban hold a joint news conference in Budapest, Hungary, on Thursday. Photograph: Bernadett Szabo/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has defended his visit to Hungary, insisting it was important to maintain dialogue with its prime minister Viktor Orban despite(...)

New Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki (right) and his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban at a welcoming ceremony for the former in front of the Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary, today. Mr Morawiecki is on an official visit to Hungary. Photograph: Tamas Kovacs/EPA

Hungary and Poland have urged the European Union not to interfere in their affairs and demanded a strong role for their region in shaping the future o(...)

Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki first bilateral visit aims to deepen ties to Viktor Orban’s regime. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

The prime ministers of Hungary and Poland will meet on Wednesday to reaffirm their joint stance against criticism from the European Union that their s(...)

The newly minted partially gold coin made to commemorate the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Bulgaria will face a challenge in the era of migration and Brexit. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The presidency of the European Union moved from the Baltic to the Black Sea on Monday, as Bulgaria took over from Estonia for a six-month stint that i(...)

Pope Francis greets newlyweds during his weekly general audience at Aula Paolo VI, in the Vatican, on Wednesday. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis is the most popular world leader among Irish people, who rate British prime minister Theresa May and US president Donald Trump poorly, an(...)

Capt Dara Fitzpatrick, who died along with her crewmates Capt Mark Duffy, Ciarán Smith and Paul Ormsby while on a search and rescue mission in March. Photograph: Cyril Byrne
Rest in peace ... They died in 2017
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  • December 28, 2017, 06:00

JANUARY 8 – Peter Sarstedt, English singer/songwriter – Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)? – age 75 9 – TK Whitaker, economist and former public servan(...)

The chief foreign beneficiary of Donald Trump’s insularity was Vladimir Putin, who has used his new strength in the Middle East as a springboard to bring Russia back to the geopolitical top table.  Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images
Demons unleashed

Across the western world in 2017, the defining ideological divide was not between left and right, but open versus closed. It was that cleavage – natio(...)

A demonstrator holds a placard stating “Dissolve the Bolshevik Parliament (Down with Parliamentary Dictatorship)” as people protest by  the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest on December 21st, 2017. Photograph: Daniel Mihailescu/AFP/Getty

Romanian civil society leaders have urged the country’s prime minister, Mihai Tudose, to sack his justice minister and halt reforms that they fear wil(...)

Mary Ann O’Brien, the founder of Lily O’Brien’s Chocolates, pictured in the company’s factory in Newbridge, Co Kildare. Photograph: Aidan Crawley.

Irish chocolate manufacturer Lily O’Brien’s has agreed to be acquired by Colian Holdings, a Polish food company, for €40 million. The debt-free acqui(...)

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban: “It’s not even worth starting the [EU] process against Poland as there’s no chance to carry it through. Hungary will be there and form a road block they can’t get around,” he said. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/EPA

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has warned the European Union that he will block any attempt to punish Warsaw over sweeping reforms that Brussel(...)

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