Romania’s prime minister, Sorin Grindeanu, prepares to leave Parliament Palace  after addressing the lawmakers of both parliament chambers as he faces a no-confidence vote in Bucharest. Photograph:  Robert Ghement/EPA

Romania’s parliament toppled the government of Sorin Grindeanu on Wednesday, backing a no-confidence motion brought by his fellow Social Democrats ami(...)

Tributes to the 64 people who died in October 2015 when a fire ripped through the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest, Romania. It was housed inside an old shoe factory called Pionerul. Photograph: Daniel McLaughlin

The photographs and flowers are fading now at a makeshift shrine to 64 people who died when fire engulfed Bucharest’s Colectiv nightclub in October 20(...)

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the  G20 Summit, in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday. Photograph:  Etienne Oliveau/Reuters

Even a month ago, it seemed merely a matter of time before Angela Merkel announced she was running for a fourth term in next year’s election. But afte(...)

Social Democrats Catherine Murphy, Stephen Donnelly and Roisin Shortall during the 2016 election campaign. Photograph: Cyril Byrne /The Irish Times

A member of the Social Democrats has expressed disappointment at the refusal of the Bishop of Cloyne to reverse a decision to drop him as a reader at (...)

Ken Curtin of the Social Democrats was told  by the administrator of St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh he was being removed from the Mass reader rota because of his party’s support for removing the Eighth Amendment on abortion, which gives equal rights to the mother and unborn child. File photograph:

A Social Democrats election candidate who was dropped as a Mass reader at a Co Cork church because of the party’s support for repealing the Eighth Ame(...)

Siptu president Jack O Connor denied calling for Labour and the Social Democrats to merge. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Siptu president Jack O’Connor has said the Labour Party does not have time to indulge in navel gazing and that it would be better if there was consens(...)

A proposal by the Labour Party to form a “progressive alliance” with both the Social Democrats and the Green Party in the Dáil, contains attractive el(...)

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton: insisted the party would continue in existence irrespective of whether or not it succeeded in winning any Dáil seat. Photograph: Eric Luke

General election 2016 was a good one for the Social Democrats and a terrible one for Renua, whose party leader Lucinda Creighton failed to retain her(...)

 Stephen Donnelly TD, with Social Democrat candidates, Aisling O Neill,  and Glenna Lynch. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Polltopper Stephen Donnelly was a surprise winner in the 2011 election. He decided to stand for the Dáil as an Independent after he learned that the E(...)

 Róisín Shortall, Social Democrats, at the election count in the RDS. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Róisín Shortall (61) started the Dáil term in 2011 as a Labour minister of state for health having secured an historic two seats for the party for the(...)

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