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Around the continent debates are being cultivated by the Conference on the Future of Europe project, which aims to draw citizens into a reassessment of what the bloc should be. Photograph: Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto via Getty

Europe is set for a season of showdowns over profound issues that will shape the future of the union and Ireland within it. This year’s post-summer r(...)

Jean-Paul Belmondo, in 1974. Photograph:  AFP via Getty

Jean-Paul Belmondo, one of France’s favourite actors, died in Paris on Monday at the age of 88. “All of us saw ourselves in him,” said French presiden(...)

Dominic Raab: endured  a two-hour grilling on Britain’s evacuation from Afghanistan from the foreign affairs select committee at Westminster. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Appearing before Westminster’s foreign affairs committee on Wednesday, Dominic Raab was bad-tempered, shifty and unprepared, acquitting himself as wel(...)

When France, Germany and Britain asked US president Joe Biden to retain troops in Kabul airport past an agreed deadline to allow evacuations to continue, he refused. File photograph: Getty

Events in Afghanistan have reignited discussion of the European Union’s relationship with the United States and whether it has been overly dependent o(...)

 Refugees evacuated from Kabul Afghanistan wait to board a bus at Dulles International Airport that will take them to a refugee processing centre   in Dulles, Virginia, in the US.  Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

The tens of thousands of Afghans evacuated from Kabul since the middle of August have been either sent temporarily to transit countries for processing(...)

Is there any solution? Principals say contacting schools directly about concerns rather than letting them mushroom online is one approach. Photograph: iStock

“Does anyone know if there’s a half-day tomorrow?”; “Anyone else struggling to understand the maths tonight?”; “Did anyone take Saoirse’s jumper by mi(...)

Two explosions on August 26th outside Kabul’s international airport left more than 60 Afghan civilians dead and 140 others wounded, while the United States military said that 12 of its personnel died. Photograph: EPA

The US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the victory of the Taliban there is the greatest debacle Nato has faced, according to German chancellor candida(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron chats to residents during a walkabout in Dublin city centre after a meeting at Government Buildings on August 26th. Photograph: Getty

Of course Emmanuel Macron was laying it on a bit thick when he visited Dublin on Thursday. Ireland, he wrote in the visitors’ book at Áras an Uachtará(...)

Michel Barnier has sought to differentiate himself from Emmanuel  Macron by promising to decentralise French governance:  File photograph: Getty

Michel Barnier, the EU’s Brexit negotiator for four years and a former French minister, has become the latest centre-right politician to publicly thro(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron at Trinity College Dublin: Citizens “want us to change a system” that enables multinationals to avoid tax while small businesses have to pay. Photograph:  Chris Bellew/Fennell

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and French president Emmanuel Macron agreed on Brexit, an EU response to the Afghan refugee crisis and a series of bilateral (...)

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