European Army

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Simon Coveney: Minister told his EU colleagues that  he was confident Ireland’s participation would be approved. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fine Gael Ministers will ask the Independent Alliance to support Ireland’s involvement in new European defence arrangements in the coming weeks, but t(...)

'What was so striking about the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election was that he campaigned unapologetically as an enthusiast for the EU.' Photograph: Philippe Wojazer/Reuters

The Government’s decision to commit unambiguously to the side of the EU27 ahead of the Brexit negotiations will inevitably involve difficult decisions(...)

Brexit effect: It will  be challenging  to find solutions to minimise the impact on trade between Ireland and Britain and to avoid disruption to the the peace process. Illustration: Getty

With the date for the triggering of the British exit from the European Union drawing close it is clear that Ireland is going to face two enormous chal(...)

Donald Trump’s victory could  raise problems for Europe given his stated support for Russian president Vladimir Putin and his questioning of Washington’s commitment to Nato. Photograph: Michael Klimentyev/EPA

EU foreign ministers gathered on Sunday evening for two days of meetings in Brussels that are expected to be dominated by the ongoing conflict in Syri(...)

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. “A Corbyn-led Labour is now far closer to the values of Connolly than the current Irish Labour Party.” Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

The last time British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn Ireland visited Ireland was 2009, to attend an international peace conference in Shannon organised b(...)

The implications for Britain’s security situation and border control is just one strand of a staggeringly complex picture as Britain begins the task of extricating itself from 43 years of directives, regulations and trade deals.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The horrific Bastille Day attack in Nice and surge in violence in Germany has rekindled fears and public concerns about security in Europe. The issue (...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron defends Taoiseach’s right to comment about the potential impact a British exit could have on the peace process. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

David Cameron has suggested that Irish people working in the United Kingdom may not be affected by changes to welfare benefits in Britain’s renegotiat(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has always been in favour of  more integration of defence resources in the EU. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Claude Juncker’s call in a German weekend interview for a European army re-ignites a debate that has existed since the very beginnings of the Eur(...)

Conventional wisdom is that the danger from a Government perspective is a low turnout will translate into a higher No vote in the Seanad referendum. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

There is less than a fortnight to go to the referendum on the abolition of the Seanad. Yesterday saw quite a lot of activity from both sides of the ar(...)

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