British  prime minister Theresa May: “It is more likely...that history will show that the backstop brought about the collapse of the May government, the succession of Boris Johnson, and perhaps a no-deal Brexit...”

Brendan Simms is the quintessential European. Raised in Ireland, the son of a German mother, he is the grand-nephew of a Irish communist who became a (...)

“One thing Leo Varadkar needs to beware of is pandering too much to the impatient younger TDs clamouring for promotion.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Leo Varadkar’s dilemma about who to drop and who to promote to Cabinet is giving him his first taste of what it is like to be a party leader with the (...)

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s  campaign has successfully engaged the very essence of anti-establishment: youth.  Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA Wire

We are constantly told that the successes of Brexit and Donald Trump were the result of an “anti-establishment” attack. This is problematic in that Tr(...)

Researcher Kevin Munger looked at anti-black racist slurs by white men on Twitter

The last week or so has not been good for social media; it has variously been described as an echo chamber in which we cosy up to like-minded individu(...)

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair speaks during a news conference in London on July 6, 2016, following the outcome of the Iraq Inquiry report. STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images

Standing outside the Queen Elizabeth II Centre last Thursday following the launch of the Chilcot report, it was difficult not to think I’d witnessed a(...)

In a new survey, 22 candidates expressed views on abortion that differed from the position provided by their party.

A survey of parties and candidates has found that abortion is the issue with the highest level of internal disagreement within parties. The survey c(...)