Donald Trump and Viktor Orban in the White House this week. The encounter was largely framed as a meeting of ideological allies but the agenda is likely to have been dominated by questions that put them at loggerheads. Photograph: Chris Kleponis/Pool via Bloomberg

For more than 20 years, Viktor Orban was shut out of the White House. His last visit was in 1998, deep into Clinton’s second term, when the Hungarian (...)

Bernard-Henri Lévy. Photograph: Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu/Getty

Never afraid of a flourish, Bernard-Henri Lévy is as strong in his defence of the Israeli army, the EU and interventionism as he is critical o(...)

Coming up in this Saturday’s Irish Times, Bernard-Henri Lévy talks to Lara Marlowe and Ian McEwan is interviewed by Jonathan McAloon. John Boyne write(...)

The author Colm Tóibín is among a group of 30 writers, historians and Nobel laureates who  declared in a manifesto published in several newspapers  that Europe as an idea was “coming apart before our eyes”. File Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Liberal values in Europe face a challenge “not seen since the 1930s”, leading intellectuals from 21 countries have said, as the UK lurches towards Bre(...)

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When I composed “A History of Ireland in 100 Euphemisms” here some years ago, one of the terms I didn’t have room for was “Foyleside”. Describing the (...)

French presidential election candidates Emmanuel Macron,   for the En Marche! movement, and  Marine Le Pen,  for the far-right Front National party. Photographs:  Eric Feferberg,Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images

The French presidential election campaign officially ended at midnight on Friday. Radio and television stations are banned from discussing candidates(...)