Platforms such as Google’s YouTube will be legally responsible for the user-generated material they host in the EU and will have to obtain licences from rights-holders to show their material.

The first change to copyright law in the EU in almost two decades is designed to give artists, musicians and publishers a better chance of being paid (...)

 Video-grab of defendant Oriol Junqueras, former Catalan regional deputy president, testifying in a   case against 12 Catalan pro-independence politicians involved in the illegal referendum in 2017. Photograph: Spanish Supreme Court’s Institute

Catalonia’s former vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, gave an impassioned defence of his region’s independence cause and attacked the legal case against(...)

Laura Codruta Kovesi’s bid to lead the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office has been opposed due to her alleged misdemeanours at the national anti-corruption agency. File photograph: Adrian Catu/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union is closely monitoring its presidency holder, Romania, where the former head of the national anti-corruption agency (DNA) has been p(...)

The legislation is designed to help artists, publishers and other creators to get fair payment for use of their content online. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

MEPs, EU officials and diplomats from the member states have agreed compromise legislation to assist print publishers, artists and music producers get(...)

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici presents the EU executive's economic forecasts during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium February 7, 2019.  REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

“A handful of headstrong states . . . regrettably” have blocked EU taxation of the digital giants, EU commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Wednesday compl(...)

Nora Bennis, then leader of the Christian Democrats at the count for the Dublin area in 2002 abortion referendum. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The death has taken place of Nora Bennis, a prominent anti-abortion and family values activist from Limerick. Ms Bennis founded Women Working at Hom(...)

Philip Lane, governor of the Central bank of Ireland, believes a Brexit deal will happen.

Central Bank of Ireland governor Philip Lane believes the UK and the European Union will eventually agree on a withdrawal deal, with a long transition(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban delivered his annual state of the nation speech in Budapest, Hungary, on Sundaty. Photograph: Reuters

Hungary’s government is greatly increasing financial aid and subsidies for families with several children, the country’s prime minister has said. The(...)

 Maria Walsh:  ‘I want to become an MEP’. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh has confirmed she is seeking the Fine Gael nomination to contest the forthcoming European parliament elections. Ms(...)

A source said Tory MPs are worried about a no-deal Brexit, but want to give Theresa May time to conduct negotiations. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

A crunch vote in which MPs could force Theresa May’s hand on Brexit is set to be delayed until the end of the month or even later, it has emerged. Un(...)

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