Analysis: There is a politically unmentionable calculation that Ireland is best served by the preservation of the Union

Massoud Barzani with US secretary of state John Kerry. Photograph: AP

Opinion: A unilateral declaration by Barzani would be a mistake

‘Many Scots are being registered to vote for the first time by young activists from the likes of the Radical Independence Campaign who are reinventing mass street campaigning.’ Above, Radical Independence delegates at their conference last November in Glasgow. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Opinion: What Westminster can give it can also take away, delay, prevaricate on

Recently printed stamps for the Prince Felipe coronation. Photograph:  Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Opinion: Twelve European monarchies survive

Narendra Modi, India’s new prime minister, left, greets Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s, prime minister, during a swearing in ceremony for the prime minister this week.  Photograph: Udit Kulshrestha/ Bloomberg

Opinion: Arguments over territorial claims could trigger military face-offs

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Opinion: Parliamentarians hoped to boost the ailing profile and legitimacy of the European Parliament

“One day the great European War will come out of some damned foolish thing in the Balkans.”– Otto von Bismarck (1888)

‘Marine Le Pen and  Geert Wilders recently have agreed to form a continental anti-European alliance aimed at wrecking the EU from within.’ Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters

World View: Sixty per cent of voters tend not to trust the EU

Iraqi elections are seen as a “democratic watershed”, though they  may lead to deepening tensions. Above, municipal workers clean up at the site of a car bomb attack in Baghdad. Photograph: Thaier al-Sudani/ Reuters

World View: Elections can heal divisions or fuel conflict

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