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Socialist party candidate and Portuguese outgoing prime minister Antonio Costa, centre, during the general election. Photograph: Patricia de Melo Moreira/AFP via Getty

Portugal’s ruling Socialists won Sunday’s parliamentary election with more votes than four years ago but are still likely to fall short of having an o(...)

Paul Murphy: ‘I have been contacted by a lot of people that I know from the past from different movements and different protests saying, “I think you’re doing the right thing.”’ Photograph: John Ohle for The Irish Times

It has been something of a hectic 10 days for Paul Murphy. Last Thursday week, the Dublin South West TD announced he was leaving the Socialist Party (...)

Paul Murphy TD at the unveiling of the new political grouping Rise – Radical Internationalist Socialist Environmentalist – in Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

To paraphrase Karl Marx, “the history of all hitherto existing socialist movements is the history of internecine warfare”. The first item on the agend(...)

Paul Murphy, Richard Boyd Barrett  and Bríd Smith of Solidarity/People Before Profit. Murphy has left the Socialist Party to form his own far-left party which he will launch on Monday.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Here’s a heartwarming little announcement aimed at Paul Murphy – who left the Socialist Party on Thursday – which arrived too late for this week’s Soc(...)

Willie O’Dea: It is  suggested he  has been stung by jibes from  Opposition TDs on the pension  issue

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has privately told senior party figures they are risking a general election backlash from older voters if they do not insi(...)

Paul Murphy is leaving  the Socialist party after it failed to resolve an internal year-long dispute over the extent and level of co-operation it should have with other left-leaning parties and movements of the left. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Dublin South West TD Paul Murphy is leaving the Socialist Party and will launch what he describes as a new socialist group next Monday. Mr Murphy(...)

Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borisov. Bulgaria has tried to defuse a potential row with Moscow.  File photograph: Alastair Grant/AFP/Getty Images

Bulgaria has tried to defuse a potential row with Moscow after accusing the head of a pro-Kremlin organisation in Sofia of espionage and banning two p(...)

Spanish acting prime minister Pedro Sanchez: main obstacle to a deal has been Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias’s insistence on a ministerial post. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez

The outcome of a parliamentary vote scheduled for Tuesday to decide the formation of a new Spanish government remains uncertain, as Socialist leader P(...)

 Head of Albania’s opposition Democrats Lulzim Basha addressing supporters during a protest in Tirana on June 21st. Photograph:  Malton Dibra/EPA

The European Union has urged Albanians to avoid violence amid rising tension before Sunday’s local elections, which the country’s president wants to p(...)

This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

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