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Poland’s prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki arriving at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

European Union leaders attempted to talk Poland down from an audacious challenge to the EU’s legal order at a tense summit in Brussels on Thursday tha(...)

‘Trafficking in Ireland remains a pervasive crime. Its victims are often hidden but should not be faceless,’ says chief commissioner of the IHREC. Photograph: iStock

Victims of trafficking in Ireland urgently need the State to introduce a new national referral mechanism so they can be identified, released from thei(...)

Countess Tarnowska: born with the very un-Russian name of Maria O’Rourke, she featured in a sensational murder trial

Most of the Wild Geese who left Ireland after the Williamite Wars went to France and Spain. Some ended up Austria or Italy too. But at least one famil(...)

The Lithuanian embassy in Beijing:  China demanded Lithuania recall its envoy  after Vilnius allowed Taiwan to set up an office under its own name in a move seen as provocative by the Chinese government. Photograph: Jade Gao/AFP/ via Getty Images

It was never a secret that China tightly controls what its people can read and write on their mobile phones. But it came as a shock to officials in L(...)

With food and fuel shortages growing, the UK government has promised visas for 5,000 HGV drivers and 5,500 poultry workers, but who will want these short-term visas that expire on Christmas Eve? Photograph: iStock

The UK government has blinked. For months, ministers have refused to cede to the meat and transport industries’ pleas for access to migrant workers, t(...)

Russian servicemen march during the opening ceremony of the “Zapad” joint drills carried out by  the Russian and Belarusian armed forces  this week. Photograph:  Vadim Savitsky/Russian Defence Ministry/AFP

Russia and Belarus have started major joint drills near their western borders involving dozens of military aircraft and warships, hundreds of tanks an(...)

  European Commission foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell told EU ministers: ‘Sometimes there are events that catalyse history, that create a breakthrough, and I think that Afghanistan is one of these cases.’ Photograph:  Jure Makovec/AFP

EU defence ministers have discussed forming a “rapid response” force of 5,000 troops to increase the bloc’s ability to act independently of the United(...)

Refugees receive instructions from a US navy soldier as they disembark after an evacuation flight from Kabul in Rota, Spain. Photograph: Cristina Quicler/AFP via Getty

European Union member states have vowed not to allow the destabilisation of Afghanistan to trigger a fresh mass migration of people towards the border(...)

Migrants, mainly coming from Afghanistan and apprehended by Turkish security forces, wait for registration at a deportation centre in the Turkish city of Van which borders Iran and Turkey. Photograph: Emrah Gurel

Towering fences have been constructed along the European Union’s frontiers as member states brace for an increase in migration from Afghanistan. Pol(...)

Migrants in the tent camp close to the Lithuania-Belarus border near Medininkai, Lithuania. Photograph: Valda Kalnina/EPA

Poland and Latvia have defended their treatment of migrants who are trapped on their borders with Belarus, after the European Court of Human Rights (E(...)

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