Habib during  a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur  against human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other ethnicities, in February 2009. Photograph: Sophie Ansel

Harrowing stories are difficult to tell, and more so when they take place in remote parts of the world. So what is the best way to tell them? In any h(...)

Facebook chief executive  Mark Zuckerberg  testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in April 2018. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

As Democrats reeled from Donald Trump’s shock victory in the 2016 US presidential election, thoughts soon turned to who could take on the Republican p(...)

Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban: “We have come to a good decision, so far . . . We’ll see what happens.”  Photograph:  Aris Oikonomou

European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen laid out her “political guidelines” to Hungarian premier Viktor Orban on Thursday and told hi(...)

At the MacGill summer school, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said moderate unionists would look at rising British nationalism and consider a united Ireland. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

It is just three weeks since calm voices pointed to a Plan B Brexit. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in the event of no deal, Ireland was considering agr(...)

European Commission secretary general Martin Selmayr: “You cannot run the European Commission like a Montessori school,” he once said. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Martin Selmayr, the most controversial, powerful and shortlived head of the European Commission’s civil service who one critic said should be sent to (...)

Italian deputy prime  minister Matteo Salvini addresses a news conference in Rome earlier this week. File photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday he would meet coalition partner and leader of the Five Star Movement Luigi Di Maio amid sp(...)

Globalisation was always about much more than increased trade. Its origins lie in the liberalisation of finance and the weakening of nation states. Photograph: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty

Is the era of globalisation coming to an end? Are we moving to an increasingly multipolar world? Will existing global institutions be replaced by new (...)

Christine Lagarde and Mario Draghi. They both agree central banks should step in if inflation is weak. Photograph: Getty Images

Christine Lagarde is the surprise nominee to be the next president of the European Central Bank, the body that sets monetary policy for one-fifth of t(...)

Clare Daly has defended hiring the son of her political colleague Mick Wallace as a European Parliament assistant. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The practice of MEPs hiring members of their immediate family as staff was banned in 2009 and phased out finally in 2014. There is no rule, nor woul(...)

Minister for EU Affairs Helen McEntee: has welcomed the Finnish prioritisation of rule of law in its presidency. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A new package of measures from the European Commission to strengthen EU-wide supervision and enforcement of rule-of-law standards was given its first (...)

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