The Council of Europe’s founding members were all western European states with broadly similar values, but with the fall of the Iron Curtain it rapidly expanded eastwards to take in a swathe of ex-Soviet bloc states in transition to democracy. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

A defining moment in this era of constant tension between Europe and Russia played out this week in an unlikely setting. In the vast, cavernous chambe(...)

On Tuesday, five years after Russia was stripped of its voting rights at the council’s parliamentary assembly over the illegal annexation of Crimea, member states voted to readmit Russia’s representatives as full voting members. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

The dispute within the Council of Europe over Russia’s membership of the organisation has exposed a deep fault line. On Tuesday, five years after Russ(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Berlin on June 18th. “It’s sad that our European partners didn’t hear us and acted differently,” Mr Zelenskiy  said about the Council of Europe decision. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Kiev has led criticism of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe for allowing Russia to return to the human rights watchdog, five years a(...)

Digital technology means bullying  can now follow children home. Photograph: Getty

The bullying of schoolgirl Ana Kriégel has turned a spotlight on how schools handle harassment involving pupils in a world of social media and smartph(...)

 A washing machine pitched at St Mary’s Halting Site in Finglas. Photograph: Tom Honan

Sanctions should be imposed on local authorities which fail to spend Traveller accommodation budgets or the responsibility should be taken from them, (...)

Barry Doyle admitted killing Geoghegan in the 15th interview and gave a number of details about the crime. Photograph: PA Wire

The killer of rugby player Shane Geoghegan in a notorious 2008 Limerick mistaken identity case has failed in an appeal of his sentence to the Strasbou(...)

European Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/File Photo/Reuters

Unless it mends its ways, Romania is set to become the third EU member state, alongside Hungary and Poland, to face disciplinary proceedings for breac(...)

Rudy Giuliani: wants Kiev to examine claims  Democratic former US vice-president Joe Biden pressed Kiev to quash an investigation into Ukrainian gas firm Burisma. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump’s personal lawyer has cancelled plans for a controversial trip to Ukraine, but his bid to drag the embattled country into th(...)

Pobal was set up in 1998 as a forum for groups working to promote social, economic, artistic and educational projects for the Irish speaking community in Northern Ireland.

The Belfast-based Irish language support and advocacy group, Pobal, has announced it is closing its office due to a lack of funding. The organisatio(...)

Tomi Ungerer, Collage, papier sur papier carton

What do you do if you have a mind that won’t leave you alone? Some take refuge in alcohol and drugs, others spend a lifetime trying to quiet the overl(...)

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