Jacques Delors

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Rónán Riordan in Berlin: ’There’s a great vibe in the city, it’s relaxed and unpretentious. Germany in general feels less commercialised than Ireland, it is not all about profit maximisation’

Rónán Riordan is 28 years old and grew up in west Kerry. He currently lives in Berlin researching the EU’s courts as part of his PhD at the Jacques De(...)

 French President Emmanuel Macron: ‘We have to show that Europe makes us stronger.’ Photograph: Thierry Monasse/Getty Images

The French and European statesman Jacques Delors, age 96, was too frail to venture out on a cold, damp December night to celebrate the 25th anniversar(...)

Nicolas Sarkozy and Michel Barnier in 2009. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP via Getty

In 2009 Nicolas Sarkozy dispatched his agriculture minister, Michel Barnier, to the European Commission. It was an elegant manoeuvre that suited both (...)

Minister for foreign affairs Gerry Collins, taoiseach Charles Haughey, British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and British foreign secretary Douglas Hurd

The nascent faultline between Britain and the EU that would eventually lead to Brexit was evident 30 years ago during private meetings between taoisea(...)

President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen takes part in a video conference with other EU leaders.

Ursula von der Leyen delivered a stark message to the EU’s commissioners on Thursday evening at their first in-person meeting for many weeks. She told(...)

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Don’t read this column. Turn the page or close the browser before you learn what it’s about. Businesses love it when an advertisement for their servic(...)

 Boris Johnson  in Downing Street, London this week. File photograph: Peter Summers/Getty

Boris Johnson described himself as “a bit of a Europhile” and his Euroscepticism as “a bit of fun” in private comments to Ireland’s former EU commissi(...)

At one level, the succession battle under way in Brussels is simply that: a bare-knuckle political fight for control of the key European institutions.(...)

  On the Campaign trail: Malcolm Byrne of Fianna Fáil canvassing at Bray Dart Station. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

In postcard pretty Avoca, Co Wicklow on a beautiful day in late spring, Fianna Fáil’s Malcolm Byrne walks its sole street canvassing votes for the Eur(...)

European Union flags are seen waving in front of EU Commission Building in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph:  Dursun Aydemir/Getty

Jacques Delors, a former president of the European Commission, once famously quipped that you cannot fall in love with a Common Market. What’s good fo(...)

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