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German NGO mission “Lifeline” with migrants rescued in international waters: Malta and Italy have  refused to let the vessel dock on their shores. Photograph: Hermine Poschmann

As Italy and Malta again turned back a shipful of 239 rescued refugees, European leaders from 17 member states met on Sunday in Brussels hoping agains(...)

Migrants on an inflatable boat beeing rescued before boarding the Lifeline sea rescue boat at sea on June 21st. Photograph: Hermine Poschmann/AFP/Getty Images

EU leaders will gather for an emergency summit on migration on Sunday, with the aim of shoring up Angela Merkel’s government. The informal “mini-summ(...)

Sinéad Gibney and Des Bishop

What is your spirit animal? Des Do you not know yours? Sinéad No. Des Well, I always thought my spirit animal was a dolphin, but whe(...)

Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Slovakian prime minister Peter Pellegrini and Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban in Budapest on Thursday. Photograph: Ferenc Isza/AFP/Getty Images

Four central European countries have said they will not attend an EU mini-summit on migration this weekend, and joined Austria in urging the bloc to (...)

  Sweden’s Andreas Granqvist celebrates scoring their  penalty. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters

Sweden 1 South Korea 0 There is a feeling with VAR that all it is doing is replacing one sort of controversy with another. In days gone by, Swedish (...)

Ano  party leader Andrej Babis: Czech Republic’s new  prime minister. Photograph: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty

Controversial billionaire Andrej Babis is finally poised to become the fully fledged prime minister of the Czech Republic eight months after winning a(...)

Karpatalja squad members celebrate with the trophy after winning the alternative Conifa World   Cup on Saturday in London. Photograph: Robin Millard/AFP/Getty Images

An ethnic Hungarian team’s surprise victory in an alternative football World Cup has become the latest irritant in tetchy relations between Ukraine an(...)

England’s Dele Alli: “We have to be open to change, especially in any way it can help the game as far as possible.” Photograph:  Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Dele Alli has insisted he will not fall foul of new Fifa regulations whereby players can be sanctioned retrospectively during the match in which they (...)

Adrian Coman, who took a case  on the rights of same-sex unions, at a press conference in Bucharest, Romania. File photograph: Daniel  Mihailescu/AFP/Getty Images

EU countries that have not legalised same-sex marriage must respect the residency rights of spouses who are of the same sex and want to live together (...)

Newly appointed Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte: his comments ended a four-day recovery in Italian bond prices. Photograph:  Reuters/Alessandro Bianchi

Italy’s government bonds sold off on Tuesday, facing renewed pressure after the new prime minister Guiseppe Conte promised to bring radical change as (...)

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