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An appeal has begun in Northern Ireland to a High Court ruling that the law on abortion is incompatible with human rights legislation. Photograph: PA

The Northern Ireland Department of Justice has said it has committed no unlawful act in its handling of its abortion regime, the Court of Appeal in Be(...)

Ukip MEP: “Of course I’m campaigning,” she snapped. “I live in England, darling. I only turn up here to vote. I vote no, and then I go back home.” Photograph: Getty Images

As the British referendum campaign intensified this week, things also stepped up a gear in Strasbourg at the final European Parliament plenary session(...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini: aim of the plan is to “save lives in the Mediterranean”. Photograph:  Vincent Kessler

The European Union is to spend up to €8 billion over the next five years to help non-EU countries tackle migration, in what has been hailed as a “new(...)

Muslim women hold a banner which says “a Choice” as they demonstrate against a French proposal to ban Muslim women from wearing headscarves. Photograph: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Companies can ban Muslim staff from wearing headscarves as long as they also forbid other symbols of religion in the workplace, according to an opinio(...)

The European Committee of Social Rights  on Monday ruled Travellers’ human rights were being violated in Ireland due to the ongoing failure to provide adequate accommodation. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

The Department of Justice and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) have clashed over whether a European ruling on Travellers’ right(...)

A Lego store in Shanghai: if China gets market-economy status it would make it more difficult to impose steep tariffs on Chinese goods. Photograph: Aly Song/Reuters

As concerns grow about the likelihood of concluding negotiations on an EU-US trade deal by the year’s end, another trade challenge is looming. The (...)

Ireland South MEP Brian Crowley: His non-attendance  due to illness meant that Ireland had one of the lowest participation rates in the European Union. Mr Crowley continues to participate in European Parliament work through his office in Cork. Photograph: Michael MacSweeney/Provision

The attendance rate for Irish MEPs attending the European Parliament’s plenary sessions rose in 2015, new figures show. However, the non-attendance (...)

European Parliament building in  Strasbourg, France: The report commissioned by the parliament’s Green group argues that certain US states “behave like tax havens” by not obliging financial institutions to provide information on the beneficial owners behind firms, allowing for the creation of shell companies. Photograph: Getty

The US should be added to a new European blacklist of tax havens being drawn up by the European Commission, according to a report commissioned by the(...)

Michael Creed, new Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, with his son Oran, niece Hazel Healy and supporters. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Just after he was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1989, Michael Creed (52) was asked how he would like to be remembered when he left politics. “Whet(...)

Several broader legal consequences for the Republic would result from UK withdrawal for the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

If the UK decides to leave the European Union, the legal relationships between the UK and the Republic will alter in various ways. Although some chan(...)

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