Building the future: there is a pressing need to keep a lid on soaring building costs, and that includes labour costs.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

You don’t need to be an ideological-wing nut to accept that during the last boom, an overenthusiastic embrace of liberal economic values – or right-wi(...)

President Michael D. Higgins greets Gérard Larcher, president of the Senate of France, at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Ireland offers a lesson for Europe in not falling for populism, the president of the French Senate has said. Gérard Larcher, who is second under the(...)

Former US president Bill Clinton delivers a speech during the 20th anniversary of the deployment of Nato troops in Kosovo, in Pristina on Thursday. Photograph: Florion Goga/Reuters

Former US president Bill Clinton was Kosovo’s chief guest of honour on Wednesday as it marked 20 years since Nato drove out Belgrade’s forces and help(...)

Romanian president Klaus Iohannis:  “Romanians have clearly shown that Romania is a pro-European country.” Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw

Romania’s president, Klaus Iohannis, has urged its political parties to sign a “national agreement” to scrap sweeping justice reforms by a government (...)

Protesters during a rally demanding the resignation of Czech prime minister Andrej Babis in Prague on Wednesday. Photograph: Bundas Engler/Reuters

Billionaire Czech prime minister Andrej Babis has dismissed huge street protests demanding his resignation and denounced a European Commission audit i(...)

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskiy and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker:  “We are ready for talks with Russia . . . but, first of all, we must be able to defend ourselves and become strong economically, politically and militarily.” Photograph: Francois Lenoir

Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has said his country is committed to integration with the West and ready for peace talks with Russia, as(...)

Outgoing UK prime minister Theresa May has a Brussels catch-up with European Commission president Jean-Clause Juncker. Photograph: Francisco Seco/Pool via Reuters.

Image of the week: Nebulous sequel For someone who repeatedly threatened/assured she would “deliver Brexit”, outgoing UK prime minister Theresa May h(...)

Paschal Donohoe: he will also outline how much money he will expect to be able to spend in 2020 if there is an orderly Brexit

The Government is to outline how a no-deal Brexit would impact the next budget within weeks, with warnings that resources for tax cuts and spending in(...)

Sinn Féin candidate Martina Anderson, centre, with her husband, Paul Kavanagh and Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O’Neill at the count centre in Magherafelt, Co Derry. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

As so often at election results time, the faces said it all. In the South, a grim result for Sinn Féin was mirrored by equally grim expressions; in th(...)

Emmanuel Macron built a winning presidential campaign on outright repudiation of far-right demands, positioning himself as an ardent advocate for European integration and liberal values. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

In almost 40 years as leader of the Front National, Jean-Marie Le Pen encountered several centre-right leaders who believed the best way to fend off t(...)

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