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John Paul II’s legacy: a 15-metre-tall statue depicting Pope John Paul II overlooks the city of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. At a moment when Poland finds itself torn by political conflicts that are cast as an existential fight for the country’s soul, the pope’s legacy is just one more battleground. Photograph: Maciek Nabrdalik/The New York Times

On his knees, head bowed before bloodstained robes, a Polish man is deep in prayer. He is worshipping in a chapel at the John Paul II Centre in Cracow(...)

The author Colm Tóibín is among a group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates who  declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers  that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Bre(...)

Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz:  had suggested   a five-year time limit on the backstop  as a compromise. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Simon Coveney was very polite about his counterpart’s intervention in the Brexit debate. And then dismissed it, confident it wasn’t going to run. Pol(...)

A view of an independence march in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Radek Pietruszka/EPA

Poland’s leaders marked a century of national independence on Sunday, joining about 200,000 people marching through the capital in a parade involving (...)

The defendant during a session of his trial at the regional court in Münster, Germany on Tuesday. His face has been pixilated by court order. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA-EFE/Pool/Getty Images

A 94-year-old German appeared in court in a wheelchair on Tuesday accused of assisting in the murder of hundreds of people at a Nazi concentration ca(...)

 Hans-Georg Maassen during a presentation  in Berlin, Germany, in July 2018. File photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

The former head of Germany’s domestic intelligence agency has been sent into early retirement after sharply criticising Angela Merkel’s government in (...)

It is remarkable that until now, Ireland has not had a children’s science centre. Photo: iStock

Imagine the BT Young Scientist for 365 days of the year! Imagine a science centre for young people where they could interact with state-of-the-art exh(...)

Panoramic views of Prague from Petrin Hill. Photograph: iStock

With its reputation for stag and hen parties and a stop-off point for Interrailing students, I wondered if we were foolish to opt for a long weekend i(...)

Guards at the Poland-Ukraine Border

The surest way to raise a smile on a Polish border guard’s face is to mention Brexit buzzwords like “frictionless” and “invisible”. Brexit talks remai(...)

One of the complainants in the case Jakub Urbanik outside court. Photograph: Marek Misiurewicz

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is to be a named witness in a defamation case against a Polish anti-abortion campaigner who described the politician’s homosexu(...)

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