The Border doesn’t need a solution because it is already solved. Photograph: Getty Images

I crossed the oxymoron six times this week and about 10 times last week. It wouldn’t have entered my mind that I was crossing anything, and in the bad(...)

Former US senator and Northern Ireland peace mediator George Mitchell with then taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 1999. Photograph: Ferran Paredes/Reuters

In 1985 a delegation of Irish-American leaders visited the US state department in Washington to seek a policy briefing on Northern Ireland. The desk (...)

Crusaders versus Muslims. Trump’s clash of civilisations rhetoric has no place in a globalised world.

Donald Trump seemed to declare a clash of civilisations, in Warsaw last Thursday. Thereupon, he participated, uncomfortably, at the summit of the grou(...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel  and Horst Seehofer  in a beer tent during a joint campaigning event of the Christian Democratic Union and the Christian Social Union  in Munich.   Photograph:  AFP/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel gave her strongest indication yet that Europe and the US under president Donald Trump are drifting apart, saying relia(...)

“The recent activity in the Dáil on water may not have been pretty, but it showed that the centre can hold and compromise can work. How often that feat can be repeated is open to question, however.”  File photograph: Getty Images

“Everything changes and nothing remains still . . . you cannot step twice into the same stream.” So wrote the philosopher Heraclitus nearly 2,500 year(...)

The abortive coup against the government of Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hardly have come as a surprise, despite what he may say, to a leader wh(...)

US president Barack Obama  and British prime minister David Cameron:    The “special relationship” may still, publicly at least, be special but the UK’s  decision to opt out of a 28-country bloc will make it  the weaker relation in the transatlantic alliance.  Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

Even before the political aftershocks that followed last Thursday’s Brexit earthquake, the “special relationship” between the United States and the Un(...)

Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness and Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams give their reaction to the EU referendum vote at a press conference outside Stormont Castle. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Theresa Villiers and DUP First Minister Arlene Foster were quick to dismiss the notion of a Border poll on a u(...)

US president Barack Obama arriving in California for an entrepreneurship summit. In a statement he said the UK and the EU would remain “indispensable partners” of the US. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

US president Barack Obama has said that the “special relationship” that exists between the US and the United Kingdom “will not change” despite the dec(...)

President Barack Obama making a statement at the White House briefing room in Washington, on June 23rd, 2016. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Barack Obama has been briefed on the UK’s referendum vote to leave the European Union and expects to have an opportunity to speak with Briti(...)