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(...)

Pope Francis: making us aware that we have three incredible celebrities, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, at the heart of our culture. Photograph: Reuters

With the bailout “troika” gone, we are about to welcome another “troika”, this time, however, a threesome whose narrative will be celebrated, retold w(...)