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The EU’s medicines regulator said this week that blood clots should be listed as a rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photograph: Barbara Gindl /APA/AFP via Getty Images

Spain and Italy have moved to limit the use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine to people aged above 60, in shifts that will complicate the countries’ e(...)

Guus Bok (R) and Darren Garner (L) sing their new song Open Up in front of the countdown clock for the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2021, in Rotterdam. Photograph: Marco De Swart/EPA

Organisers of the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest have welcomed the news that up to 3,500 fans may be allowed to attend the popular music competition whe(...)

Mark Rutte, acting premier: new coronavirus cases are rising in the Netherlands – up 16 per cent to 46,005 over the week to Tuesday, the fastest growth since mid-January. Photograph: Lex Van Lieshout/EPA

The caretaker Dutch government has extended the country’s second lockdown and the overnight curfew that led to riots earlier in the year – warning tha(...)

Eurovision Song Contest 2021: Lesley Roy is representing Ireland again after the cancellation of last year’s event. Photograph: Ruth Medjber/

Lesley Roy is getting her second chance to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest, after the coronavirus crisis forced the cancellation of l(...)

Police watch a car that has been set on fire on 18 Septemberplein in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on Sunday. Photograph: Photograph: Rob Engelaar/EPA

The Netherlands’ caretaker prime minister, Mark Rutte, has ruled out calling in the army to impose order after two nights of violent weekend rioting b(...)

The Stena Foreteller    will offer an additional 3,000 lane metres of freight capacity per trip and can accommodate both accompanied and unaccompanied traffic.

Ferry operator Stena is to fast-track the addition of a new vessel on its Rosslare and Cherbourg route in a bid to ease the backlog in freight deliver(...)

Rosslare Europort. File photograph: Simon Carswell

A major European shipping line has decided to open new operations in Ireland out of concern that the UK landbridge route will be “non-viable” for expo(...)

 Forum for Democracy founder Thierry Baudet  resigned as party chairman on Monday. Photograph: Robin Utrecht/EPA

A major clear-out is under way in the Dutch ultra-nationalist party, Forum for Democracy, just 48 hours after its charismatic young founder – widely s(...)

 Maxine Radcliffe  (second left) of Covid Response for Vulnerable People (CRVP) in Temple Bar, Dublin, with members of the team Calum Whelan, Abby Dunne and Laoise Noonan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Two months ago Roger Warde was living in an apartment and working in Rotterdam. He was happy, had a girlfriend and finally felt he had some stability (...)

EU-UK border checks from January mean that transport companies and hauliers face delays at British ports on the Irish Sea and English Channel, potentially disrupting the fastest and cheapest transit route currently between Ireland and mainland Europe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Shipping companies will respond to “unanswered demand” for more direct ferry services to mainland Europe if Brexit congests the key UK “landbridge” ro(...)

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