‘Europe’s big problem is the indifference which it increasingly provokes. The indifference of the electorate: the more powers the Parliament has the fewer people vote – participation has gone from 62 per cent in 1979 to 43 per cent in 2009 and no one knows what figure we will manage in May.’  Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s big problem is Ireland, with its corporate tax rate of 12.5 per cent, which is half the average rate in the European Union and a good (...)

There was a close bond between Irish republicans and the ANC and its armed wing, MK, which was co-founded by Nelson Mandela in the wake of the Sharpeville massacre in 1960. Photograph: Frank Miller

The presence of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams as a member of the honour guard at Nelson Mandela’s funeral may have appeared slightly incongruous to (...)

Ernest Hemingway: had Paris been already ruined by the time he and F Scott Fitzgerald arrived?

Relax. The only appearance of “selfie” in this article is as the fifth word in this sentence. Then again, you may enjoy getting furious at the ubiquit(...)

Tániste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore TD, former British prime minister John Major and Dick Spring at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin for the 20th Anniversary of the Downing Street Declaration. Photograph: Sam Boal

Former British prime minister Sir John Major has hailed the document he agreed with Albert Reynolds in 1993 which prepared the ground for the IRA ceas(...)

One suspects that John Pilger would greatly resent being thought of as any sort of fleshy institution, but the Australian journalist and documentar(...)

Big Benn
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  • September 7, 2013, 01:00

Tony Benn has always had something of a special relationship with Scotland; whether in solidarity with the 1971 Upper Clyde Shipyard protests or gener(...)

Guests arrive for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Royalty, dignitaries and admirers from all walks of life paid their final respects to Margaret Thatcher today in the grandest funeral for a Br(...)