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In one sense the underlying theme, the leitmotif, of the French presidential election has remained unchanged for the last couple of years: it is – and(...)

EU Summit: the waiting game

There was a Waiting for Godot quality about Thursday and Friday’s EU summit. A lot of hanging around in the expectation that something will happen soo(...)

Madame la Présidente?

As conventional wisdom would have it, Marine Le Pen will easily make it through the first round of the French presidential election in April. And then(...)

 A Palestinian man rides a donkey near an Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. Photograph: Baz Ratner/Reuters

The euphoria with which western, including all European, leaders and various worthy international organisations greeted events in 2011 in the Middle E(...)

“Prime minister . . . It would be extremely difficult for the EU to reject such a proposal from an exiting state.” Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Prime minister, As I understand it, your objective is to bring about an end to the UK’s membership of the EU while: retaining free access to the sin(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said Mr Kenny’s skills in crisis management and  international contacts were very important. Photograph: Collins

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said he stands “four-square behind” Enda Kenny, arguing that the Taoiseach is the right person to lead the country(...)

France’s centre Jonathan Danty (C) is tackled during the Six Nations match between France and Italy at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis Photograph: AFP Photo / Thomas Samson

France 23 Italy 21 New head coach Guy Noves was spared an early embarrassment as France came from eight points behind to beat Italy 23-21 in the open(...)

Former president of Ireland Mary Robinson delivers a speech on the opening day of the COP 21 United Nations conference on climate change in Paris.  Photography: Getty Images

Mary Robinson, the UN special envoy on climate change, has said she is optimistic that an agreement can be reached at the global summit on c(...)

 The French and European flags fly at half mast at the French Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin  following the terrorist attacks in Paris. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the Paris attacks as “an appalling and horrendous attack on the free world”. Mr Kenny said he sent a message to the(...)

Significant integration challenge ... Refugees and migrants run to cross the Slovenian-Austrian border on November 2nd from Sentilj to Spielfeld. More than 218,000 migrants and refugees crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in October -- a monthly record . Photograph:    Rene Gomolj/AFP/Getty Images

Migration has become a daily topic of conversation due to media coverage of those fleeing war-torn Syria and Europe’s approach to the migration crisis(...)

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