A UK referendum provides an opportunity to turn its problems into the problems of the EU as a whole. Photograph: The Irish Times

A referendum on British membership of the European Union seems a near certain bet, whether held in 2017 as promised by prime minister David Cameron or(...)

The EU’s social model survives  .... Dr Seuss’s Horton hears a Who: “We are here! We are here! We are here!”

Reading Paul Gillespie’s recent article “Has Europe’s social model disappeared?” reminded me of Dr Seuss’s classic story of the citizens of Whoville c(...)

Under the Obama administration, US policy has rebalanced or pivoted towards Asia.

This week’s failure by the European Council to appoint a new high representative for the European Union’s foreign and security policies was partly cau(...)

Demonstrators ride atop an armored vehicle through a street near Independence Square in Kiev earlier this week. Photograph: Uriel Sinai/The New York Times

The events in Ukraine this week are changing Europe, potentially in ways that will last for a generation. The emerging European structure can b(...)

The debate on Scottish independence is intensifying and alongside it there is a growing awareness in Ireland North and South that how the vote (...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamonn Gilmore with  Peter Robinson and  Martin McGuinness. Photograph: PA

Foreign policy is normally defined as the pursuit by a state of its interests and values in relations with other states and international actors and h(...)

Last waltz? Europe traditionally relied on the Franco-German pairing. But now the couple seems unable to compromise for the greater good of the wider union.

‘Europe will be forged in crises and will be the sum of the solutions adopted from these crises.” Jean Monnet’s remark in his Memoirs has often been i(...)

David Thornley, political analyst and later practising politician, with Charlie McCreevy. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Public policy-making in developed democracies is linked more and more to research findings about the impact and cost of particular policies, even thou(...)

Former IMF head of mission to Ireland Ashoka Mody: believes Ireland could have pressed harder

As Ireland exits the EU-International Monetary Fund bailout, the Government continues to argue strongly in favour of its multilateral approach to the (...)

Europe at the centre: detail from a map by Willem Blaeu, a cartographer of the 16th and early 17th century.

Asked what he thought of Western civilisation, Mahatma Gandhi is said to have replied: “It would be a good idea.” And James Joyce, in the Cyclops epis(...)