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A military police soldier patrols the Brussels Midi train station  in Brussels. Belgium’s national security level has been raised to three following the terrorist attacks on Paris. Photograph: Dirk Waem/AFP/Getty Images

Almost a week after the deadliest terrorist attack on EU soil since the Madrid bombings in 2004, EU justice ministers have been summoned to Brussels t(...)

Acting President of Catalonia Artur Mas. Opponents say many Catalans do not want independence.  Photograph: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Tensions within the Catalan separatist movement have created doubts over its willingness to break unilaterally from Spain, just days after the appro(...)

Candles  next to a flower in  a broken window of Le Carillon restaurant in Paris,  the site of one of the attacks in the French capital on Friday. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

  French aircraft conducted a “massive” bombardment of Islamic State’s stronghold in Raqqa, northern Syria, last night, 48 hours after eig(...)

Two men pay their repects before laying flowers at a rail cordon close to the Bataclan theatre in the 11th district of Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

The abhorrent terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night have shocked the European Union, and left leaders grappling to respond to one of the worst(...)

Municipal employees clean the blood outside Le Carillon bar in Paris, the day after a deadly attack in the city. Photograph: Antoine Antoniol/Getty Images

The intersection of the boulevard Voltaire and the boulevard Richard Lenoir in Paris’s 11th district still felt like a front line on Saturday morning.(...)

Coats are seen on the floor as forensic police search for evidence on Saturday morning  inside the Comptoir Voltaire cafe at the site of one of the six attacks on Friday in which 128 people were killed. Photograph: AFP

Six separate attacks in Paris for which Islamic State has claimed responsibility killed 129 people and wounded 352, of whom 99 are in critical conditi(...)

The independence initiative has deeply divided the Catalan parliament, which passed a motion declaring the start of the secession process. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

The parliament of Catalonia has approved a resolution declaring the beginning of the region’s secession from Spain, despite staunch opposition from th(...)

Very careful monitoring is needed  to ensure that a massive gap between tax and spending doesn’t suddenly open up,  once again requiring another bout of savage retrenchment measures. Above, Taoiseach, Enda Kenny Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

A phoney political war has enveloped Leinster House in recent weeks as the parties manoeuvre for position in advance of the general election which pro(...)

Enda Kenny: “The governor told me, it looks like this weekend . . . you’ll have to put the army around the banks and around the ATM machines, and introduce capital controls like they had in Cyprus.” Photograph: Andreas Manolis/Reuters

‘The Curious Case of Irish Banks, the Army and a Prime Minister”. That was the headline which the international news agency Bloomberg put on its story(...)

Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy is meeting the leaders of the  Ciudadanos and Podemos parties on Friday as he tries to build an alliance against Catalan secession.  Photograph: Juan Medina

Spain’s main national parties are scrambling to offer a political response to the crisis triggered by a Catalan plan to declare independence. Prime m(...)

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