European Union flags are seen waving in front of EU Commission Building in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph:  Dursun Aydemir/Getty

Jacques Delors, a former president of the European Commission, once famously quipped that you cannot fall in love with a Common Market. What’s good fo(...)

The author Colm Tóibín is among a group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates who  declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers  that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Bre(...)

“I asked Mrs McGinley if she would give me a piece that would be exciting – because grade pieces can be very boring.” Young pianist Rosa O’Reilly

Lovely Ken Wardrop is one of those rare film-makers who gives off exactly the energy you would expect from watching one of his films. Now in his mid-4(...)

 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Bob Dylan:  “He wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible”. Photograph: Jeffrey R Staab/CBS via Getty Images

Bob Dylan will not attend a ceremony in Stockholm next month to pick up his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy has said. Dylan to(...)

Poland’s prime minister Beata Szydlo and PiS party leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski: the new conservative government has taken control of the  country’s top court and secret services. Photograph:  Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images

Poland’s new national conservative government has been accused of staging a “creeping coup d’etat” for seizing control of the intelligence serv(...)

 Tomás González:  the genius of the Colombian writer’s book In The Beginning Was The Sea lies lies in the telling. Photograph: Juan Carlos Sierra

A couple decide to make a stand, reject the idle life lived by their fellow intellectuals and instead commit themselves to nature, on a secluded fi(...)

Roddy Doyle signed the appeal, which will be carried in 27 newspapers worldwide

Five Nobel literature laureates are among 560 international writers who today have put their names to an appeal, “A stand for democracy in the digital(...)