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Australia’s home affairs minister, Peter Dutton,  said earlier this year that people in Melbourne were ‘scared to go out to restaurants’ because of ‘African gang violence’. Photograph: Stefan Postles/ Getty Images

Senators from Australia’s ruling Liberal-National coalition have backed a motion brought by the anti-immigration One Nation party saying “it is okay t(...)

Alice Weidel, co-Bundestag faction leader and  Katrin Ebner-Steiner, deputy chairman of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party as initial results from the Bavarian state elections are announced in Mamming, Germany. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies suffered their worst election result since 1950 on Sunday, exit polls suggest. The Christian Social(...)

The CSU’s Markus Soeder and Munich’s mayor, Dieter Reiter, at Oktoberfest. Photograph: Peter Kneffel/AFP/Getty Images

It’s 11am at Munich’s Oktoberfest and, inside the vast Schottenhamel tent, the beer is flowing freely. In between slugs from their one-litre beer mugs(...)

The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, meets Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill,  SDLP leader Colum Eastwood and Steven Agnew, leader of the Green Party, in Brussels. Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/Reuters

Leaders of the North’s four Remainer parties were in Brussels on Friday to insist on the importance of defending the backstop and on the vital need fo(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: the Minister and Fianna Fáil have set aside €500 million for the rainy day fund, but Labour wants this to go towards a national housing development bank. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Money earmarked by the Government for the “rainy day fund” should instead be invested into a new bank to fund housebuilding, the Labour Party has said(...)

The European elections next May are shaping up to be the most important since direct elections to the Parliament began in 1979. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The European elections next May are shaping up to be the most important since direct elections to the parliament began in 1979. With populist movement(...)

Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan at the count centre for the local and European elections. File photograph: Keith Heneghan

Significant changes in Ireland’s representation in the European Parliament are likely at next year’s elections as boundary changes, retirements and el(...)

 Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin: Labour isn’t getting noticed much these days. It has drifted to the margins. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Labour Party meets for what promises to be a fraught think-in in Drogheda on Sunday against the background of Alan Kelly’s – apparently – abortive(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and former British prime minister David Cameron looking at a Volkswagen Beetle Type 1 at the British Museum, London. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/PA

The demise of the Volkswagen Beetle reminds me of something I heard a while back from a man who had grown up in a Midlands dealership for that and oth(...)

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban   at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The government in Budapest is accused of  multiple breaches of the rule of law, corruption,  discrimination against minorities, and its refusal to take in migrants. Photograph: EPA/Patrick Seeger

Hungary will not be blackmailed by MEPs, prime minister Viktor Orban told a heated European Parliament debate on Tuesday, adding that “if necessary we(...)

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