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Under a law introduced by Vladimir Putin’s government last year, NGOs in Russia which receive funding from abroad are obliged to register as “foreign agents” – a term which for many Russians suggests espionage.  Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Europe’s main democracy watchdog has called on Russia to end a wave of raids on non-governmental groups and urged it to find the people (...)

 Margaret Thatcher and her German counterpart Helmut Kohl in April 1983. Photograph:   Keystone/Getty Images

The lady was not for turning, we were reminded on Margaret Thatcher’s passing. Except on German unification, where the lady reserved the right (...)

The research found 86 per cent of children in Ireland were happy with their lives, while there was also a “significant decline” in the number of those smoking and more modest declines in drinking and teenage pregnancy. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Ireland has been named the 10th best place in the world for children to grow up among a list of developed countries, ranking a(...)

Irish Dairy Board finance director Donal Buggy, chief executive Kevin Lane, and chairman Vincent Buckley at the publication of the IDB’s Full Year Results 2012 report today.

The Irish Dairy Board (IDB) is considering acquisitions in the Middle East and North Africa in the next 12 months after the group reported a tu(...)

A final decision on the adjustment of Ireland and Portugal’s bailout loans will not be reached until the May meeting of Europe(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel said Margaret Thatcher would be remembered not as a “female politician” but as someone who blazed a trail for women in politics. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel paid tribute yesterday to Margaret Thatcher as an “extraordinary leader in the global politics of her time”. (...)

Ireland is the second most likely country in the euro zone to fall victim to renewed financial turbulence, a leading German ec(...)

An index measuring sentiment in the euro-area fell to its lowest point since December, after the Cypriot bailout pushed up the price of insuring against default for banks across the euro area. Photograph: Radu Sigheti/Reuters

European investor confidence declined more than economists forecast this month, after the bail-in of Cypriot bank depositors rattled financial (...)

A South Korean soldier at a military guard post near the demilitarized zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas in the border city of Paju at the weekend. Photograph: Jung Yeon-je/AFP Photo/Getty

South Korea's Defence Ministry has denied suggestions that a nuclear arms test was imminent in North Korea, saying reported movements around th(...)

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Helmut Kohl has said he stayed on as chancellor until his political defeat in 1998 because he doubted anyone else had the poli(...)

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