German chancellor Angela Merkel has backed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president. Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

German chancellor Angela Merkel has backed Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president just three days after declining to do so in Brussels.(...)

St Patrick’s Day is an occasion of national celebration. But is the nation state itself deserving of applause? The crisis in Ukraine is just th(...)

 German chancellor Angela Merkel, criticised for the “drastic treatment” she forced on euro crisis countries.  Photograph: Maurizio Gambarini/EPA

German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has warned that Berlin’s flawed analysis of the euro crisis and its “mean-spirited” response is undermining the Eur(...)

President Michael D Higgins: remarks come amid concerns over the funding of the State’s new combined human rights and equality watchdog

National Human Rights Commissions must be strong, independent and properly resourced to pursue their important work, President Michael D Higgins has s(...)

President Michael D Higgins: he might have been expected to understand the limitations of the role of president and, more specifically, not to use it as a platform to advance a political agenda

President Michael D Higgins gave a speech on economics at Dublin City University last week. Among many other things, he posed questions about the d(...)