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Poland’s constitutional tribunal ruled last week that parts of EU law are incompatible with the Polish constitution. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/Pool/AFP via Getty

Brussels is preparing to retaliate against Poland for its challenge to the supremacy of EU law, which European Commission president Ursula von der Ley(...)

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen delivers a speech during a debate on the rule of law crisis in Poland at  the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/ EPA

Neither side pulled its punches. MEPs in Strasbourg yesterday heard Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki accuse the EU of blackmail, while Commiss(...)

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki. Photograph: Francisco Seco/Pool/AFP via Getty

For six years, EU member states have fiddled while Poland’s populist government burned down its constitutional order – and now the flames are spreadin(...)

Polish justice minister Zbigniew Ziobro has asked the country’s constitutional court to examine whether the European Convention on Human Rights is applicable as a whole in Poland. Photograph: Attila Husejnow/SOPA/LightRocket via Getty

Poland has ramped up its battle with Europe by questioning the right of European courts to rule on the legality of its contested judicial reforms. Po(...)

Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova (R) and Katerina Siniakova kiss the cup after winning their French Open women’s doubles final against Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Iga Swiatek, at Roland Garros, Paris. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP via Getty Images

Not since the 2000 edition of the French Open, when Mary Pierce followed her poignant, emotional singles revival by victoriously teaming up with the g(...)

‘If this Conference on the Future of Europe is to be a success it must genuinely engage with Europe’s citizens – all of them.’ File photograph: Nikolay Doychinov/Reuters

The use of Citizens’ Assemblies in Ireland is increasingly recognised as a highly effective and inclusive way to implement difficult constitutional re(...)

The European Commission last month launched legal action against AstraZeneca for not respecting its contract for the supply of Covid-19 vaccines and for not having a ‘reliable’ plan to ensure timely deliveries Photograph: Samsul Said/Bloomberg

The European Union has not made any new orders for AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June when their contract ends, European Internal Market Commissioner Th(...)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers her speech during the Future of Europe conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Sunday. Photograph: Jean-Francois Badias/EPA

Heads of State from across the EU have called on European countries to show strength and leadership in moving towards a sustainable, climate neutral f(...)

Nico Bühler, his wife Justine and their 3-month-old daughter Lucille  travelled back from Strasbourg. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Dublin Airport is a forlorn looking place these days. It was once the busiest transport hub in Ireland throbbing with passengers from before dawn to l(...)

Contra mundum: The Irish Times’s editorial of April 12th, 1951, on Noel Browne and the Mother and Child scheme

Seventy years ago today, on April 12th, 1951, The Irish Times published what is probably its most famous editorial. It was a response to the resignati(...)

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