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(...)

Demonstrators protest  against the arrest of Riace mayor Domenico  Lucano, in Rome, Italy. Photograph:  Claudio Peri/EPA

A town mayor in the south of Italy, who is known for his innovative approach to welcoming asylum seekers, was put under house arrest on Tuesday for al(...)

Ruben Östlund: “What I remember most strongly – and I think it was in Cork rather than Dublin – was seeing kids begging on the street. I don’t know that they were homeless.” Photograph: Maarten de Boer/Getty

In a strange twist of fate, the late former taoiseach Jack Lynch and his wife Maureen had a hand in Ruben Östlund’s Oscar-nominated The Square. Back i(...)

Italian playwright Dario Fo: “Throughout his work flowed a constant, disrespectful and often hilarious criticism of those in positions of power and public office.” Photography: Antonio Calanni/AP Photo

The death of 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Dario Fo (90) has prompted a swathe of warm tributes from figures in Italian public life. The co(...)

Naples is back on the map as a go-to city, thanks to the popularity of enigmatic author Elena Ferrante.

‘Naples,” the thread begins, “I’ve been there many times and it just seems to get worse. Everything is a scam and there are crooks and small gangsters(...)