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 Chancellor Angela Merkel after visiting the flood-ravaged towns in western Germany.  Many see the floods as an appropriate, tragic symbol of Merkel’s mixed climate record. Photograph:  Christof Stache /  AFP via Getty

Exactly 100 years ago in Frankfurt, the 30 year-old inventor Max Braun founded an electronics company that conquered the world. With stylish, function(...)

President Michael D Higgins speaking to Prof Aidan Regan of UCD in 2018. The letter was Prof Regan’s idea. File photograph: Dave Meehan

More than 400 leading academics have signed an open letter calling for the European Council of Ministers to raise finance for the entire euro zone thr(...)

Polls show Ireland’s voters retain the most positive image in the EU of the EU. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard / AFP

In 1975, only two years after Ireland, the UK and Denmark joined the then European Economic Community (EEC), Garret FitzGerald, minister for foreign a(...)

A pro-EU,  anti-Brexit protester in London: The willingness of EU leaders to circumvent MEPs’ involvement in the election of commission president Ursula von der Leyen has led to calls to give them more teeth. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

It’s an explicit recognition that the whole Brexit affair reflected a wide alienation of citizens across the EU. The EU must now find ways of bridging(...)

Trade unionist Delia Larkin signing the Anti-Conscription Pledge at City Hall, April 1918. Photograph: National Library

Dáil Éireann: The First 100 Years, 1919-2019 Tuesday, December 11th; Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin; €20/€10 The Houses of the Oireachtas (...)

Some of the male participants scheduled to speak at the MacGill Summer School

The theme of this year’s MacGill Summer School is “the future of Ireland in a new Europe. ” Women, you might be forgiven for thinking, will play a sig(...)

Britain’s former ambassador to the EU Ivan Rogers  has explained how frictionless trade requires regulatory alignment as well as a customs union, describing Theresa May’s decision to rule out  a Norwegian or Swiss model as an act of folly. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

It was standing room only all day (I stood throughout) at a conference in London this week on Brexit and the island of Ireland which saw more than 20 (...)

Television presenter Robert Peston has moved to clarify remarks he made on his ITV show on Sunday about Ireland “undermining” Britain.

Television presenter Robert Peston has moved to clarify remarks he made on his ITV show on Sunday about Ireland “undermining” Britain. Mr Peston said(...)

Paschal Donohoe: many of the economic choices facing the State will fall to him. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The MacGill Summer School, held annually in Glenties, Co Donegal, and which has been taking place all this week, is easy to parody. Official Ireland t(...)

Pearse Doherty: said seven SF votes in Commons would have no impact because the British Labour party now supported Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the unforeseen consequences of Brexit is that it has put the issue of Irish unity on the political agenda, Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty told the(...)

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