Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: the Bill would allow jailing of NGO workers who help people who are not eligible for asylum in Hungary.  Photograph: Bernadett Szabo

The United Nations refugee agency has joined growing international criticism of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban’s bid to criminalise non-govern(...)

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: in the March presidential election, he won 97 per cent of votes in a deeply flawed poll. Photograph: Charles Platiau

For the past decade, Wael Abbas has been a fierce critic of Egypt’s authoritarian leaders, using YouTube to highlight police torture, and building up (...)

Trade hiccups: EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström speaks with Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys at a Brussels meeting on Tuesday. Photograph: John Thys/AFP

Image of the week: Trade tensions They could have been talking about anything, of course, but there’s something about Heather Humphreys’ face in this(...)

Organisations must obtain your data fairly. They must collect no more data than is necessary for the purposes for which they plan to use it

The biggest changes in European data-protection law in more than two decades take effect from Friday, May 25th, when the General Data Protection Regul(...)

Border at Newry: Prof Federico Fabbrini says the EU could “declare the entire territory of Northern Ireland to be a frontier zone to the EU customs union; thereby removing the need for customs controls (at least on the EU side)”. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

The EU could use an obscure provision in an international trade treaty to preserve a frictionless border in Ireland in the aftermath of a no-deal, no-(...)

Mark Zuckerberg leaves after testifying at the European Union parliament in Brussels, on Tuesday. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Mark Zuckerberg has long avoided going before the European Parliament to answer questions, and on Tuesday, it was easy to see why. European MEPs boldl(...)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg  at the European Parliament in Brussels: “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibilities.” Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Facebook’s Irish HQ is a testament to the company’s commitment to Europe where it will employ 10,000 people by the end of 2018 – up from 7,000 today, (...)

epaItaly’s Five Star Movement leader Luigi Di Maio is surrounded by the media as he leaves  the parliament building   in Rome on Wednesday. Photograph: Giuseppe Lami/EPA

Italy’s two anti-establishment parties agreed the basis for a governing accord on Thursday that would slash taxes, ramp up welfare spending and pose (...)

Attempts to conserve the Irish branch of the European eel have been complicated by Brexit

The autumn spawning migration of the European eel (s. Anguilla anguilla) to the Sargasso Sea is one of the great animal migrations. It is an arduous (...)

European Stability Mechanism managing director Klaus Regling speaking at the Central Bank on Wednesday.

Europe’s leaders should use the current period of strong economic growth to fix the remaining weaknesses in the European Union’s economic and monetar(...)

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