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Hungarian parliament votes through a law granting the government special powers ostensibly to combat coronavirus crisis. Photograph: MTI Zoltan Mathe/Pool via Reuters

How should Europe respond to the imposition of indefinite rule in Hungary by the decree of its firebrand nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban? Cr(...)

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a video conference call with members of the European Council to debate the coordination of EU efforts to tackle the Covid-19 epidemic. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA.

European Union leaders failed to agree on a coronavirus stimulus package, giving themselves two more weeks to work out details. Highlighting how the (...)

President Michael D Higgins speaking to Prof Aidan Regan of UCD in 2018. The letter was Prof Regan’s idea. File photograph: Dave Meehan

More than 400 leading academics have signed an open letter calling for the European Council of Ministers to raise finance for the entire euro zone thr(...)

General view of the damage in the streets following an earthquake in Zagreb, on Sunday. An magnitude 5.3 earthquake has shaken Croatia damaging buildings and cutting off electricity in a number of neighborhoods. Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake in Croatia has injured at least 17 people, caused significant damage to the capital, Zagreb, and complicated the country’s (...)

The sudden imposition of identity checks on Poland’s border with Germany caused a traffic jam of 60km along one of Europe’s major trade arteries.  Photograph: Rolf Schulten/Bloomberg

The coronavirus pandemic may be the greatest challenge the EU has ever faced. For now the virus has suspended the bloc’s totemic achievement: freedo(...)

A coronavirus  warning notice  at the European Council, in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Brexit talks scheduled this week between European Union and United Kingdom negotiators will not go ahead to to the Covid-19 pandemic, a UK government (...)

A military member patrols the Trevi fountain, virtually deserted as Italy fights a coronavirus outbreak, in Rome. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters

Brussels will consider using flexibility in state aid rules to help EU governments cushion businesses from the coronavirus fallout as officials discus(...)

The subcommittee also decided that all St Patrick’s Day parades across the country. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A €3 billion package to deal with coronavirus will pump more money into the health service, help at-risk businesses and change the rules around sick p(...)

Knees up: Fianna Fáil Senator Diarmuid Wilson gets a friendly knee from Labour’s Alan Kelly  on the Plinth on Thursday. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

In the middle of a national health crisis no less, a senior politician currently contesting his party’s leadership was clearly observed doing the Huck(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and Russian president Vladimir Putin (R) shake hands during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/EPA/Sputnik/Kremlin pool

Russia and Turkey announced a ceasefire in the Syrian province of Idlib on Thursday as part of a deal that solidifies recent gains by the regime of Ba(...)

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