The euro is now the currency of 340 million people in 19 countries and internationally meets the key criteria of wide acceptability as a means of exchange and as a store of value. Photograph: iStock

Sometimes European politics has found a way to take a step forward. At a summit of European Union leaders in the Dutch town of Maastricht in December (...)

Taoiseach Charles Haughey welcoming French president Francois Mitterrand at Dublin Airport in February 1988.

Charles Haughey demanded a personal visit by François Mitterrand to his north Dublin mansion be included in the itinerary only three days before the F(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  and  French president Emmanuel Macron   holding hands  at the start of the second day of an European Council summit in Brussels on Friday. Photograph:  EPA/Stephanie Lecocq

At an EU summit in Maastricht in February 1992, journalists were housed in what appeared to be concentric circles around the summit venue, with the bi(...)

Leo Varadkar in Davos on Thursday: “America made itself great by trading and accepting migrants from all over the world.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar signalled on Thursday that a rejuvenated Franco-German alliance would face opposition if decisions on the future of the Europea(...)

Economist and campaigner Raymond Crotty: his Supreme Court case to prevent the government signing the Single European Act led to the landmark decision that the treaty must be put to the Irish people by way of a referendum. Photographer: Jack McManus

Taoiseach Charles Haughey was forced to engage in an urgent round of phone calls with European leaders in spring 1987 to explain why Ireland could not(...)

Oh, Jeremy Corbyn: the leader  said the election result had “put the Tories on notice and Labour on the threshold of power”. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

When the cheering, the applause and the chants of “Oh, Jeremy Corbyn” died down the Labour leader told his party conference that although they did not(...)

Get stuck in: the not-so-ancient delicacy known as a doner kebab. Photograph: Rob Lawson

Let me take you back to the summer of 1982. Lexicon of Love by ABC was spreading gold lamé glee throughout otherwise miserable nations. And new, excit(...)

March 1990: West German chancellor Helmut Kohl, left, with  French president François Mitterand and the taoiseach, Charles Haughey,  at the EU summit in Dublin

Helmut Kohl never forgot the role taoiseach Charles Haughey played in helping to smooth the path of German unity during the Irish presidency of the Eu(...)

Marine Le Pen at a campaign rally in Rignac, southern France, on March 4th. Photograph: Pascal Pavani/AFP

Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s anti-EU, anti-immigrant Front National, has a 30 per cent chance of becoming France’s next president, according (...)

A  woman in Berlin holds some    euro bills  shortly after midnight on  January 1st, 2002. Photograph: Roberto Pfeil/AP

As the chimes of midnight struck on January 1st, 2002, almost 20,000 people gathered in the freezing cold close to the European Union institutions in (...)

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