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The great hall at Versailles was the site of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles which imposed swingeing terms on Germany and blamed it and Austria-Hungary for starting the first World War.

In mid-January 1919, amid revolutionary chaos in much of east-central Europe and a fierce civil war in Russia, the Paris Peace Conference convened to (...)

Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev speaks on the night of the referendum on changing Macedonia’s name. Photograph: Ognen Teofilovski/File Photo/Reuters

The referendum in Macedonia on September 30th was a massive Yes vote for a change of name to “Republic of North Macedonia”, but the low turnout (less (...)

John Montague and his wife  Elizabeth Wassell  at home in west Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson

John Montague, the great Ulster poet and first Ireland Professor of Poetry, who has just died in his beloved France, will be mourned by everyone who u(...)

The Main Street Pier on Florida, Daytona Beach. Photograph: Getty

When choosing our holiday destination, my wife was four months pregnant so “no surprises” was the dominant criteria, closely followed by proximity to(...)

Migrants and refugees from Pakistan arrive at Lesvos, Greece. According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 600,000 arrived on just one Greek island – Lesvos. Why? Because it is less than four miles from the Turkish coast. Photograph:  Panagiotis Balaskas/EPA

Late last month the EU warned of a “looming humanitarian crisis” in relation to Middle East refugees entering Europe through the Greek islands. Loomin(...)