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Bulgaria’s Central Bank  in Sofia. While on average the top one-fifth of people in EU states earn 5.2 times more than the bottom one-fifth, in Bulgaria the haves make more than eight times more than the have-nots. Photograph: Getty

Bulgaria, the EU’s poorest state, is playing very slow catch-up with western Europe. Read our three-part series, “Rich land, poor land”, on wealth in (...)

World Rowing Championships gold medalist  Sanita Puspure

We’ve had our fair share of joint monthly award winners over the years, but possibly not many from as diverse a couple of fields as rowing and Gaelic (...)

Deportation threat: Lela Sivsivadze, who came to Ireland in 2003, with her daughtters Sofia and Mariam. Photograph: Collins Courts

The Minister for Justice will put certain “options” to a mother and her two Irish born daughters, aged eight and 13, who are fighting orders for their(...)

A feast of colour in a range of suits from Ikea and William Hunt.

If your wardrobe has become a washed-out mix of neutrals, grey and black, it might be time to move beyond the sepia-toned shades, and embrace this sea(...)

Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe won gold in Sofia on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe of Ireland has won gold in the men’s individual final at the UIPM 2018 pentathlon World Cup in Sofia. The 26-year-old from K(...)

Belgian prime minister Charles Michel    and Minister for Business Heather Humphreys on the Louth/Down Border. Photograph: EPA

Ireland will examine “reasonable” proposals from the British government on how to avoid a hard border after Brexit, but time is running out for such m(...)

Brexit Vlad

Voters are divided on the Government’s approach to Brexit, the Border issue and its future approach to the negotiations, the latest Irish Times/Ipsos (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State  Helen McEntee meeting British PM Theresa May and her chief of staff Gavin Barwell  in Sofia. Photograph: Virginia Mayo/AP.

Theresa May has set out in broad outline to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar long-awaited new British proposals on post-Brexit customs arrangements. The Britis(...)

Former diplomat Ray Bassett has told a meeting at Westminster that the Government and the EU should drop their demand for a backstop agreement on the Border ahead of next month’s European Union summit in Brussels. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former Irish diplomat Ray Bassett has told a meeting at Westminster that the Government and the EU should drop their demand for a backstop agreement o(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives at an informal European Union  summit with Western Balkans countries at the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned that Britain’s Withdrawal Agreement with the European Union could be in question if progress is not made in Brexit t(...)

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