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Czech-born filmmaker Milos Forman:  won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars. Photograph: Abdeljalil Bounhar/AP

Miloš Forman, the Czech-born director of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Amadeus, has died at the age of 86. Czech news agency CTK reported that (...)

German musicians Farid Bang and Kollegah at the Echo music awards in Berlin. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

On Thursday, Israel’s day of remembrance for Holocaust victims, thousands of young Israelis took part in the annual “walk of life” to commemorate the (...)

Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels last week. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

It’s no secret that Irish judges have looked askance at the steady erosion of the independence of their Polish counterparts. In April last year, the A(...)

 Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones play at Slane Castle in 2007. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/ The Irish Times

The Rolling Stones are to play Dublin’s Croke Park on May 17th as part of a European tour. The Dublin show is scheduled to kick off the second part o(...)

Mikheil Saakashvili: cat-and-mouse game over as he is arrested  in Kiev and deported to Poland. Photograph: Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty

Ukrainian opposition leader Mikheil Saakashvili was deported to Poland on Monday, the Ukrainian border service said, after he was detained in a Kiev r(...)

Under the proposed legislation, violators would face three years in prison for a mention of “Polish death camps.” Pictured is Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Photograph: Istock

Poland has disputed claims that a new law to punish false references to “Polish” concentration or death camps will hinder discourse about the country’(...)

The Kremlin will be happy with the outlook after the victory of incumbent Milos Zeman’s in the Czech presidential election. It means continued political uncertainty in the Czech Republic, deepening divisions in Europe and another five years in Prague Castle for a critic of western sanctions on Russia. Photograph: David W Cerny/Reuters

In the end, Czechs chose Milos Zeman, and fear. Despite enjoying economic growth, the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union and no prospect o(...)

The views of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, who sees liberal values as inimical to success in “the great global race”, a race in which Russia, China and India are identified as among the strongest contenders, constitutes a clear challenge to European values. Photograph:  Michaela Rehle/Reuters

“If the European Union won’t pay, we’ll apply to China.” These words of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán, spoken in Berlin earlier this month, re(...)

More than 2,000 Irish students are currently studying in some of Europe’s premier universities. Photograph: iStock

A few short years ago, thousands of Irish school-leavers were applying for UK-based courses. These numbers have tumbled in more recent times. Higher c(...)

Mayday parade in Moscow in 1980, one of the photos from Marco Carnovale’s new blog

In February 1980, an Italian student of politics by the name of Marco Carnovale embarked upon an exchange programme in Communist Poland armed with a N(...)

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