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A man walks on Charles Bridge in  Prague, Czech Republic on Monday morning. The Czech government declared a state of emergency from Monday to try curb the sprea of Covid-19. Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

The Czech Republic has introduced a state of emergency to tackle a surge in coronavirus cases, as new infections reach or approach record levels in mu(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. Photograph: Aris Oikonomou/AFP via Getty

“The natural disadvantage of democracy is that it is extremely tiring to those who mean it honestly, while it allows almost everything to those who do(...)

European Commissioner for Values and Transparency Vera Jourova and European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders give a press conference on the Annual Rule of Law Report 2020 in Brussels on Wednesday. The EU criticised Hungary and Poland in a report on democratic standards across the bloc, as tensions escalate between Brussels and Budapest. Photograph: AFP

How to deal with governments that interfere with judicial independence, allow corruption and abet the erosion of democratic norms is at the centre of (...)

Image posted on September 23rd on the Instagram account of @navalny shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sitting on a bench in Berlin. Photograph: @navalny/AFP via Getty

The European Union has plenty of pressing “domestic” issues to tackle, including the double impact of coronavirus and Brexit, but crises facing its ea(...)

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki and now deputy prime ministerJaroslaw Kaczynski.  Photograph:  Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Poland’s de facto leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski has returned to frontline politics, taking on the role of deputy prime minister in a cabinet reshuffle des(...)

A new report warns that without State support within the next few months, the post network faces significant levels of unrestrained closures by the end of 2021.

The post office network will collapse if State support is not put in place urgently, a new report has found. The report, carried out by consultants G(...)

Ciara Donlon of Theya Healthcare  has created reusable, sustainably produced, naturally antibacterial and breathable bamboo fibre face masks.

HiberGene has focused on development of new diagnostic tests for infectious diseases since 2015. Up to January 2020 they had developed 12 products tha(...)

Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya arrives at a hotel in Vilnius, Lithuania, to meet with  French president Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday. Photograph:  Petras Malukas/AFP via Getty Images

France has called for European mediation and dialogue with Russia to resolve the political crisis in Belarus, even as Moscow again accused western pow(...)

The majority of passengers arriving into Ireland last month did so by air (86 per cent) with 14 per cent by sea.

Overseas travel to and from Ireland increased substantially last month compared to July, according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics O(...)

Irish visitors to the four countries face considerable restrictions when they arrive. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz / AFP

There are just four countries on the new travel green list issued this week and none of them are popular destinations for Irish travellers. Only Cyp(...)

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