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George Soros, founder and chairman of the Open Society Foundations. He believes Russia is the source of much of the attacks against him, and that it’s personal. “Putin doesn’t like me,” he says. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/AFP/Getty Images

Fame brings nothing but trouble, George Soros’s father warned him. By concealing his family’s Jewish identity, Tivadar Soros helped save them from dep(...)

Despite gross domestic product rocketing as the government splurges on higher public-sector salaries and cuts taxes, Romania’s wealth – calculated as citizens’ net assets as a share of disposable income – remains about the same as it was five years ago.

The benefits of living in the Europe Union’s fastest-growing economy may not endure for Romanians. Despite gross domestic product rocketing as the g(...)

Moldova’s pro-Kremlin president, Igor Dodon, with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at  an informal Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) summit in Novo-Ogaryovo,  near Moscow, on December 26th. Photograph: Alexei Druzhnin/EPA/Sputnik

Moldovan president Igor Dodon has warned the country’s government that its days are numbered, after it succeeded in suspending him for a third time to(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

English Market fishmonger Pat O’Connell: “it looks to be very organised with one set begging and then others collecting from them.” Photograph:  Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Traders in Cork have raised concerns about a group of Romanian men and women begging on the streets of the city centre in the run up to Christmas. Co(...)

Brendan O’Carroll as Agnes Brown in Mrs Brown’s Boys: “They said ‘no gay, absolutely no gay’. So I said ‘no gay, no show’. And that was it.” Photograph: Alan Peebles/BBC via AP

Comedian Brendan O’Carroll, the creator of the sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys, has said he rejected a lucrative licensing deal in Russia after being told he (...)

 Venice Square in central Rome, Italy. Ovid’s exile from Rome has been revoked, 2,000 years later. Photograph: Claudio Peri/EPA

More than 2,000 years after Augustus banished him to deepest Romania, the poet Ovid has been rehabilitated. Rome city council on Thursday unanimously(...)

Lissywollen Stadium, the home of Athlone Town FC. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Two professional soccer players suspended for a year following an investigation into match fixing have secured temporary High Court injunctions over t(...)

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