Polish foreign minister Radislow Sikorski said British prime minister David Cameron would be able to negotiate major reforms to Britain’s EU membership terms even if he was defeated on the Juncker issue. Photograph: Reuters/Slawek Kaminski/Agencja Gazeta

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy travels to London for talks with British prime minister David Cameron today amid increasing expectatio(...)

President  Higgins honouring 1916 leaders  at Arbour Hilllast month. He will visit Liege in August. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill  Donaill / The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins is to attend the first major multinational commemoration event marking the outbreak of the first World War on August 4th (...)

Vandalised graffiti in Belgrade depicting Gavrilo Princip; the Cyrillic writing reads as ‘revolt’. Photograph: Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images

The face of Gavrilo Princip, the man whose assassination of the Austrian-Hungarian archduke Franz Ferdinand sparked the first World War, filled the(...)

Registration of foreign aliens in Paris, August 1914, before their evacuation (Photo: Agence Rol Bibliothèque nationale de France, dpt. des Estampes et de la photographie)

The minarets of a Sarajevo mosque loom in the background. Men watching from balconies and in the street are coiffed with the red Ottoman fez. Gavrilo (...)

June 8th, 1914, Sarajevo: The arrest of Gavrilo Princip a 19-year-old Serbian nationalist, assassin of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his consort,  Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

Along the banks of the river Miljacka which runs through the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo, stands a simple stone bridge. The distinctive Ottoman-sty(...)

Scottish Labour politician James Keir Hardie (1856 - 1915), addressing a peace meeting in Trafalgar Square, London, from the plinth of Nelson’s Column. Keir Hardie was born in Legbrannock, in Lanarkshire, and worked in a coalpit from the age of 10. After working as a journalist he turned to politics. The founding Chairman of the Scottish Labour Party (1888), Keir Hardie was elected to Parliament in 1892 for West Ham South, and then in 1900 for Merthyr Tydfil. He was the first leader of the Labour Party in Parliament (1906-07).  Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

T wo days after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife in Sarajevo, Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith stood in the Commons, d(...)

Serbian student Gavrilo Princip, who assassinated Archduke Francis Ferdinand, igniting conflagration of WWI & subsequent world events into present day, in jail cell awaiting trial. Photograph: Time Life Pictures

His name may not be as instantly recognisable as Franz Ferdinand, but the 19 –year-old assassin who killed the heir to the Austrian throne in Sarajevo(...)

Kaiser Wilhelm II, Emperor of Germany and King of Prussia,. Helmuth Von Moltke, German army chief of staff, and Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz on December 8th 1912, after news from London that Britain would not tolerate the crushing of France, Wilhelm met his top military, including both men. At what became known as “the War Council”, Moltke argued in favour of war, “the sooner the better”. Tirpitz argued “the navy would prefer to see the postponement of the great fight for one and a half years”. (Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images)
What will the British do?

‘The influence of the Irish crisis on German policy has generally been underestimated,” Northern Ireland historian ATQ Stewart wrote in his thriller-l(...)

 Franz Ferdinand (18 December 1863-28 June 1914). Photograph: Universal History Archive/Getty Images

The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, in June 1914, ensured his name has been enshrined in(...)

Metronomy’s Joe Mount might not like rising early these mornings, but he has no choice in the matter – as a newly minted father, his time is ra(...)

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