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US president Joe Biden and French president Emmanuel Macron. In the round, Paris gets the US more right than some easily mesmerised European capitals. File photograph: New York Times

The French approach to foreign affairs can be cold, one-eyed, chauvinist – and right. De Gaulle’s blackballing of Britain from the European project tu(...)

Dublin Airport had lost more than 24 million passengers by December last year while Cork was down 2 million. Photograph: iStock

Irish airports were among the worst hit last year as European air travel plunged to its lowest level in a quarter of a century in the face of Covid-19(...)

The UK’s Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay at a breakfast briefing in Madrid on Thursday. He insisted that that “the alternative to the backstop is not necessary until the end of the implementation period in December 2020”. Photograph: Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP/Getty Images

The UK has again demanded that talks on guaranteeing a soft Northern Ireland border be postponed until the end of the withdrawal transition period. A(...)

Charles de Gaulle and  Eamon de Valera at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Fifty years before Donald Trump’s trip, another globally recognised politician came to Ireland on a private visit that turned out to be far from priva(...)

First impressions are lasting, but second impressions stick. That’s as true about cars as it is about people. For a relatively new entrant into the pr(...)

ASL Aviation handles cargo for international businesses such as FedEx and DHL. Photograph: Maxwells

European investor Star Capital is buying Irish airline ASL Aviation Holdings in a deal said to be worth more than €200 million. Swords, Co Dublin-bas(...)

Samuel Beckett: Nobel committee chairman believed Beckett’s writing lacked a powerful heart. Photograph: Louis Monier/Getty

Samuel Beckett won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969, but newly released archives reveal that just a year earlier, the secretive committee that se(...)

Comic capers: “The terms and conditions of Brexit now look like they were written by the Marx Brothers.” File photograph: Getty Images

Liechtenstein! As in the mountaintop microstate of 37,877 people. To appreciate the state that the whole Brexit project is likely to arrive at in(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron’s post-nationalist Europe narrative is very simplistic. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Writing of Benito Mussolini’s brand of now-reviving nationalism, the Italian political scientist Alberto Mingardi makes a telling, and not very flatte(...)

Ray Bassett, a former Irish envoy to Canada, says there is room for an Irish Eurosceptic party because those concerned about the EU are not represented by the mainstream parties. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is the time right for an anti-European Union party to enter the Irish political landscape? Time will tell but the decision to launch “Irexit Freedom”(...)

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