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The head of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands, Cardinal Wim Eijk (centre) photographed in 2011. He has criticised Pope Francis for failing to give clear guidance to German cardinals on whether the non-Catholic partners of Catholics should be allowed to share in the Eucharist. Photograph: Bas Czerwinski/AP

The head of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands has challenged the authority of Pope Francis, accusing him of “creating confusion” among the faithf(...)

Adrienne Cullen at her home in Voorschoten, Netherlands. Photograph: Judith Jockel

Adrienne Cullen was at work in Amsterdam when the phone call came. It was her doctor, calling from his hospital in Utrecht. An Irishwoman in her 50s, (...)

Copenhagen, Denmark has been named the most bike-friendly city in the world for the second year running. Photograph: Getty Images

There is something thrilling about using a bicycle to explore a new city. Street life seems more vibrant as you whizz past the crowds and down side st(...)

Teapot-shaped exhibition centre in Wuxi, China, the world’s fastest growing city, which recorded annual average property price increases of 31.7 per cent  Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters.

Residential property prices in Dublin are growing at a faster rate than those in global metropolitan cities including New York, London, Paris and Toky(...)

John Kiernan, head of corporate banking, Rabobank, Utrecht

John Kiernan was two years into an engineering degree at UCD when he left to join Bank of Ireland. He didn’t walk away from education though, completi(...)

Paul Winstanley, Lost (After Saenredam)

Faith After Saenredam and Other Paintings Paul Winstanley. Kerlin Gallery, South Anne St, Dublin There is a clear affinity between the work of Paul(...)

Jesse Klaver of GroenLinks party during election night in Amsterdam. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

It is far too early to say whether Jesse Klaver’s GreenLeft will be a party of government for the first time in its history. But for the youngest ever(...)

Geert Wilders says if he wins the popular vote and is excluded from government it will be patently undemocratic. Photograph: Martijn Beekman /AFP/Getty Images

The most depressing thing about the controversial suggestion by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte recently that immigrants who no longer like living in (...)

Increasing numbers of Irish students are considering study options in Europe due to affordable fees, prestigious courses and easier entry requirements. Photograph: iStock

Thousands of college hopefuls have been scrambling to apply for third-level courses in Ireland in recent weeks. But increasing numbers are looking fu(...)

Gerry Ligtenberg and her Partner Martin Bierens, who moved permanently from the Netherlands, to Glanlough Lower, Sneem, County Kerry, after renovating a 19th-century farmhouse. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Gerry Ligtenberg and Martin Bierens used to go to concerts and movies in their spare time in their home city of Utrecht in the Netherlands. Now they (...)

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