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 British prime minister Boris Johnson: By the time of the Brexit referendum in 2016, the Anglosphere had established itself in right-wing mythology as the promised land. Photograph: Will Oliver/EPA

If the success of a political idea turns on its power to instil hope or optimism in its adherents, then, in its early years, Brexit was a colossal fai(...)

Aircraft are painted for protection and against corrosion and must be repainted at intervals throughout their lives

Dutch investors have plunged for a majority stake in Irish aircraft painter, Maas Aviation, in a deal that will see founder and majority shareholder D(...)

“The euro system’s second decade was one of unforeseen turbulence, but it confounded its more strident critics by surviving the anxious years 2011-2012 (and 2015) without losing any member.” Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP Photo

Any assessment of Europe’s monetary union as it completes its second decade should refer to the regimes that preceded it. For economists, the primary(...)

The euro is now the currency of 340 million people in 19 countries and internationally meets the key criteria of wide acceptability as a means of exchange and as a store of value. Photograph: iStock

Sometimes European politics has found a way to take a step forward. At a summit of European Union leaders in the Dutch town of Maastricht in December (...)

Honours were awarded to Labour’s Alan Campbell, leading Brexiteer John Redwood and former Tory minister Gary Streeter.

Campaigners for a second EU referendum have accused Theresa May of weakness after one of Parliament’s most prominent Brexiteers was made a knight in t(...)

Lisbon treaty posters in Dorset Street, Dublin in 2008: initial objections centred on neutrality. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Reports from London and Brussels suggest that the British government will seek guarantees or declarations about the future of the backstop. There ar(...)

Then taoiseach Albert Reynolds shakes hands with Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams and SDLP’s John Hume outside Government Buildings on September 6th, 1994. Hume and Adams began a dialogue in 1993. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

This week the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Proni) is releasing files mainly relating to 1993 as a result of a decision by legislative ord(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  and  French president Emmanuel Macron   holding hands  at the start of the second day of an European Council summit in Brussels on Friday. Photograph:  EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

At an EU summit in Maastricht in February 1992, journalists were housed in what appeared to be concentric circles around the summit venue, with the bi(...)

Anti-abortion demonstrators outside Leinster House in 1983. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

The referendum’s outcome brings to a close a 35-year political war that convulsed Irish politics in a succession of bitter controversies and referendu(...)

Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn, arrives to give a speech on Brexit at the National Transport Design Centre at Coventry University, Britain February 26, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples

“Crunch time is coming for the prime minister,” Keir Starmer, Labour’s Brexit spokesman, tells the BBC’s Andrew Marr. But, then again, when isn’t it? (...)

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